NWCC delivers Field Assistant training in Nunavut

The remote delivery of a new training program in Nunavut is responding to Canada-wide industry needs to equip Aboriginal workers with a transferable skill-set in the natural resource sector.

Following on the heels of the success of the pilot program this July, Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) customized its Natural Resource Field Assistant program and delivered it in Kugluktuk, Nunavut September 10-30, 2014 in partnership with The Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), The Mine Training Society of the Northwest Territories (MTS), and the Canadian High Artic Research Station (CHARS). The KIA has been working closely with the CHARS to identify programming that aligns with future employment opportunities at the CHARS. The CHARS provided $35,000 in funding to help make this training a reality.

“As the economy in the region continues to grow, it is essential that Kitikmeot residents have transferrable skills that allow them to access employment opportunities in areas such as environmental services, research and mineral explorations,” says Kitikmeot Inuit Association President Dr. Charlie Evalik. “The Kitikmeot Inuit Association is dedicated to supporting training at the community level whenever possible and the Natural Resources & Geoscience Field Assistant program is a valuable example of this.”

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