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SUBJECT: Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University sign official 10-year partnership MOU, with approval by board of governors and cabinet

DATE: June 4

Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University of Newfoundland have successfully completed negotiations of a 10-year strategic partnership to build administrative capacity, promote northern research opportunities and expand post-secondary programs available to learners in Nunavut through joint credentials with the expressed purpose of increasing Inuit employment. 

The new joint credentials will be degrees awarded by both the Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University.

“The goal of the agreement between Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University is to promote and increase Inuit education and employment in Nunavut,” said Patterk Netser, minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College.

“The agreement recognizes the importance of Inuit language and culture, and emphasizes opportunities for post-secondary students and adult learners by creating relevant programs that develop the knowledge and skills we need in Nunavut, as described in the Sivummuaqpalliajjutivut section of the Turaaqtavut Mandate.

'Honoured and humbled'

Memorial University was one of 11 institutions that submitted a proposal after the Government of Nunavut (GN) issued a call for expressions of interest in 2016. The university was selected by a joint committee of representatives from Nunavut Arctic College, GN’s Department of Education and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

“Memorial is honoured and humbled to be chosen as the singular generational partner with Nunavut Arctic College,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University.

“Our students, faculty and staff look forward to learning from our Nunavut partners and I thank all those involved in the extensive negotiations to get us to this point. We look forward with pride to the relationships and partnerships that will evolve over the next 10 years.”

Joint credentials

Memorial University has considerable experience delivering Inuit-specific bachelor programs in Inuit Nunangat, research experience in Arctic and sub-Arctic climates and specialities in career-related program development and marine training. The partners will now establish committees to implement the agreement to begin to offer joint credentials from both institutions.

Minister Netser says the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) will be the first program to be offered joint credentials.

“Building upon Nunavut Arctic College’s experience in offering NTEP since 1985, and Memorial University’s experience offering the Inuit bachelor of education program through the Labrador Institute, the new NTEP will emphasize producing graduates capable of teaching and strengthening Nunavut’s bilingual education system,” he said.

An official signing ceremony of the agreement between the two institutions is expected in fall 2019.

Memorial University
Perched on Canada’s North Atlantic coast, Memorial University of Newfoundland is a destination for discovery. A beacon for the 21st-century explorer, Newfoundland and Labrador’s university is a unique learning community founded as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War — “that in freedom of learning their cause and sacrifice might not be forgotten.” Today more than 18,000 students from nearly 110 countries come together to discover. From the classics to advanced technology, the university offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs across five campuses, numerous locations and online. A global network of almost 95,000 accomplished alumni throughout the world strengthens Memorial University’s capacity and reputation for leadership in world-class research, teaching and public engagement.

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For more information, please contact, Mariana Barney, manager, marketing, communications, and recruitment, Nunavut Arctic College at 867-979-7242 or mariana.barney@arcticcollege.ca; or David Sorensen, manager, communications, Memorial University, at 709-864-2143, 709-685-7134 or sorensen@mun.ca.

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