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 a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as language and culture, business, fine arts and the environment. It 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 like 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 five campuses: Nunatta in Iqaluit, Kivalliq in Rankin Inlet, Kitikmeot in Cambridge Bay, the Innovation and Research Institute—spread across five communities—and Piqqusilirivvik, a new Inuit cultural learning facility in Clyde River, with satellite locations in Baker Lake and Igloolik. Piqqusilirivvik offers courses in drum dancing, throat singing, cabin building, child rearing and other aspects of traditional culture and knowledge. The college also has a learning centre in each of Nunavut’s 25 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. Students residences are available on three campuses, with 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: A diploma program for students interested in the technical aspects of the Inuktitut language. 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 awareness and respect of the Inuit culture.

Popular Programs

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

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