Remote delivery of Field Assistant training program in Nunavut benefits Aboriginal learners
October 14, 2014
SMITHERS, B.C. – 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.”
Seven graduates completed the comprehensive 21-day program that prepares graduates for field work in the mineral exploration, environmental services, and natural resources fields.
“I developed good skills in the course, like how to use a GPS and lay out grid lines,” says Evelyn Kuneyuna. “The program will help me move forward by adding more skills to my resume.”
The second delivery of the new program in such a short time frame represents the industry need across Canada for graduates who are well positioned to fill the growing skills gap in the natural resource sector.
“Giving support to residents of Kugluktuk and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in delivering the Natural Resources & Geoscience Field Assistant program helps give tools to the Aboriginal peoples of the North to participate in the resource industry,” says Iris Catholique, Chairperson of the Mine Training Society of the Northwest Territories. “NWCC’s remote delivery of this program helps both our Aboriginal residents and the mining industry.”
“The delivery of this program shows how Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining is nimble in its response to the needs of industry and communities to deliver programs remotely,” says NWCC President Ken Burt, adding partnerships like these are what make innovative programming a reality for students.
Project Administrator, School of Exploration & Mining
Northwest Community College
Phone: 250.847.4461 ext. 5812