Nunavut Arctic College

Nunavut Arctic College | Iqaluit, Nunavut | Founded 1995

Nunavut Arctic College students learn fur production

Fur production program at Nunavut Arctic College. (Kieran Oudshoorn/Nunavut Arctic College)

Nunavut Arctic College is the only post-secondary institution in the territory and offers degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as language and culture, business, fine arts and the environment. The college also offers apprenticeship, trades and adult basic education programs.

One of the college’s strongest programs is its two-year diploma in environmental technology, designed to prepare grads for in-demand careers in the region such as fish and wildlife conservation, and resource development and management. Students can go on to complete a bachelor of science in partnership with a university after completing this diploma.

The college has satellite campuses and centres across the territory to ensure access for students. The main schools are Nunatta in Iqaluit, Kivalliq in Rankin Inlet, and Kitikmeot in Cambridge Bay, along with the Innovation and Research Institute in Iqaluit, the Sanatuliqsarvik Trades Training Centre in Rankin Inlet, and the Piqqusilirivvik Cultural School in Clyde River. Piqqusilirivvik offers courses in drum dancing, throat singing, cabin building, child rearing and other aspects of traditional culture and knowledge. There are also community learning centres in 22 other communities.

The Kivalliq campus is home to the Sanatuliqsarvik Trades Training Centre, the territory’s leading trades training facility. The centre offers classrooms, a computer lab, four workshops and a library. Student residences are available on three campuses and have space for both individuals and families.


Size of school Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  Yes

Cool Options

  • Fur Design and Production: Students gain skills in the sealskin fur garment industry, including traditional Inuit methods and technologies, to prepare skins and design and sew garments.
  • Interpreter/Translator: This diploma program is for students interested in the technical aspects of Inuktitut. Students learn the skills and attitudes required to work as an interpreter.
  • Arctic Nursing: Delivered in collaboration with Dalhousie University, this degree program emphasizes primary health care along with an awareness of and respect for Inuit culture.

Popular Programs

  • Nursing
  • Nunavut Teacher Education
  • Environmental Technology
  • Management Studies
  • Inuit Studies

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