It is that time of year again! Skills Canada Nunavut is seeking board members from across the territory who have an interest in working with youth and are able to volunteer throughout the year at trades activities, competition events, and fundraising initiatives. A background in education and/or a skilled trades and technology-related field, and knowledge of Inuktut would be considered an asset. This is an innovative organization that is connected to Skills Canada, a national organization that provides trades/technology opportunities to youth across Canada, through global initiatives.
Please submit a statement of intent and current resume by September 28th to:
email@example.com 867-979-5281 x 1411
Skills Canada Nunavut is proud to offer Skills Summer Trades Camps this year, for students aged 12-14 in Iqaluit throughout the entire month of July. Funded by the Department of Family Services, Skills Canada Nunavut is excited to able to provide free summer programs as a way to expose youth to a variety of trades and technology careers, showing them first hand that the trades are made up of fun and engaging projects to do. Exposing youth to the excitement of trades before they hit high school could inspire future career choices- right here in their community.
The Skills Summer Trades Camps began with Carpentry. For two full weeks, students were tasked to build three outdoor playhouses (small cabins) under the direction of New Brunswick Community College instructor and Skills Canada National Technical Committee Member, Steve Austin. Students came into the program with little to no carpentry knowledge. They worked in teams of two and three to build each structure, while learning the foundations of carpentry and workplace safety every step of the way. After just a few hours, the campers were not only making quick progress on their projects, they were also learning that working with their hands to build something tangible can be rewarding, and a lot of fun!
The Skills Summer Carpentry Camp ran daily from July 3-13 at the workshop at Inuksuk High School. Since the weather in Iqaluit was so warm and beautiful, the students were working with the garage doors open to allow airflow. Skills Nunavut staff was worried the students would feel like they were missing out on the sunshine, but many of them even opted to come in on a Saturday to get an extra day of building done! Once they got started, they didn't want to stop.
Not only did our carpentry campers benefit from the professional carpentry training, they also had trades math classes and employability skills workshops a few times a week with Skills Nunavut alumnus, Katie Devereaux; Katie competed for Nunavut in Job Search in Saskatoon and has lots of tips to share. While the youth were giving their hands and feet a break, the students got to type up their resumes, learn how to ask and answer formal interview questions, and craft their own professional cover letters. Each student got to experience the process of applying for a job- in this case a mock position of a Junior Carpenter- and then sit through an interview with Katie. Every one of them was qualified for the job!
At the beginning of the two weeks, the students were not sure if they would be able to complete their cabins. However, as they witnessed their new skills in action, they were motivated to finish the cabins by the end of camp. And they did, with big smiles on their faces. The trades and technologies really are perfect activities for youth: They provide a challenge, give youth an opportunity to problem solve and make decisions, have fun while being focused on a goal, and most importantly, trades like carpentry give youth self-confidence when they see the end result of all their hard work! All of our skilled campers were stoked to see their completed cabins and show their families. Stay tuned for the Skills Canada Nunavut cabin raffle!
Up next...Skills Summer Hairstyling Camp runs July 16-27!
Skills Canada Nunavut is excited to promote the Frobisher Inn Comedy Show featuring DeAnne Smith, with a performance by Toronto Drag Queen Beardoncé, and much more! Proceeds of this show will be donated to Skills Canada Nunavut and Inuksuk High's Positive Space Club. If you are in Iqaluit next Saturday, May 26th, make sure you get a ticket or two as this one-of-a-kind show is not to be missed! Guaranteed laughs, with funds going directly to Nunavut's youth!
Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm! LGBTQ+ positive.
Tickets are available for purchase here!
The Territorial Skills Competition is the largest celebration of skilled trades and technology occupations & industries in Nunavut. This event is vital for our youth and apprentices as it rewards their craftsman/woman-ship, helps them develop new skills, friendships and mentor-ships, and create positive goals for their futures, building their communities and thus the territory.
2017-18 was an amazing year for Skills Canada Nunavut students and apprentices as we had over 60 competitors from 12 different communities participating in 16 different competition areas in Iqaluit. Throughout the school year, these hardworking Nunavummiut have been practicing and dedicating hours of their own time to learning their trades, often outside of the classroom with a passionate leader, so we wanted to ensure they had an amazing experience at this two-day event. Skills Canada Nunavut scheduled a full-day of training workshops with professional volunteers for all competitors in their chosen fields.
Although we have to select medalist, it is a huge accomplishment to participate in Skills Canada Nunavut programs and events, and so we encourage all our participants to keep working on their skills and to come back next year!
Here is the full list of competitors in each competition:
Aesthetics (Makeup & Nail Art)
Tonya Nauyuq, Iqaluit- GOLD
Melissa Akulukjuk, Pangnirtung- SILVER
Meeka Koomuk, Arviat- BRONZE
Rolanda Amantinuar, Naujaat
Hayley Totalik, Taloyoak- GOLD
Eli Qaqqsiq-Taqtu, Arctic Bay- SILVER
Shevon Brooks, Kugluktuk-BRONZE
Ashton Mannik, Baker Lake
Marlene Mike, Pangnirtung
Andy Angutingnungniq, Cambridge Bay
John Voisey, Whale Cove- GOLD
Darien Evyasotailak, Kugluktuk- SILVER
Joey Irqqaqsaq, Igloolik- BRONZE
Samuel Kuluguqtuq, Iqaluit- GOLD
Daniel Alagalak, Arviat- SILVER
Caris Madsen, Iqaluit- GOLD
Sinclair Lyall, Cambridge Bay- SILVER
Seth Perkison, Baker Lake- BRONZE
Star Newman, Kugluktuk
Janice Nakashuk, Pangnirtung
Electrical Installations (post-secondary):
Daniel Emmonds, Iqaluit- GOLD
Amelia Netser, Coral Harbour- SILVER
Teghan Angulalik, Cambridge Bay- GOLD
Mallory Okatsiak, Arviat- SILVER
Nelly Qaunau, Igloolik- BRONZE
Susan Peter, Iqaluit
Rosemary Alivaktuk, Pangnirtung
Jomie Tulugarjuk-Shaw, Iqaluit
Jewelry Making (post-secondary):
Florence Barnabas, Arctic Bay- GOLD
Job Skill Demonstration:
Denise Nowyuk, Pangnirtung- GOLD for her presentation on sewing seal skin booties
Zedekiar Sammurtok- SILVER for his presentation on cooking jerk chicken
Melicia Elizaga, Iqaluit- GOLD
Claire Hooey, Iqaluit- SILVER
Kendal Kuodluak, Kugluktuk- GOLD
Caitlin Oklaagak, Whale Cove- SILVER
Denise Nowyuk, Pangnirtung- BRONZE
Connie Innukshuk, Igloolik
Kristine Oyukuluk, Arcitc Bay
Susie Siusangnark, Naujaat
Steven Panika, Whale Cove- GOLD
Damaris Nutarasungnik, Arviat- SILVER
Sheridan Kamookak, Gjoa Haven- BRONZE
Benjamin Kusugak, Arviat- GOLD
Zoe Elverum, Pond Inlet- GOLD
Crystal Mitchell, Taloyoak- SILVER
Kasandra Katokra, Naujaat- BRONZE
Iqaluit (Hayden Ahle/Simon MacDonald)- GOLD
Igloolik (Qumangaapik Arnatsiaq/Jasmine Alorut/Sakku Irgittuq)- SILVER
Small Engine Repair (secondary):
Noah Mikki, Igloolik- GOLD
Holly Ann Tulurialik, Taloyoak- SILVER
Howard Panigayak, Taloyoak- BRONZE
Small Engine Repair (post-sec):
Natalie O'Grady, Iqaluit- GOLD
Iqaluit (David Aglukark/Isaac Strickland)- GOLD
Arviat (Paulie Jr. Issumatarjuak/Blair Aulatjut)- SILVER
Whale Cove (Kelly Copland/Zedekiar Sammurtok)- BRONZE
Taloyoak (Lalena Quqqiaq/Liam Kootook)
Carter Lear, Cambridge Bay- GOLD
Kenia Pike, Whale Cove- SILVER
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTICIPANTS, VOLUNTEERS, COACHES/LEADERS, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS!
The Skills Canada National Competition (#SCNC2018) takes place June 3-6 in Edmonton, AB, preceded by the Girl Exploring Trades Conference on June 1. Follow #TeamNunavut's progress on social media!
Photographs by Jennifer Lane
This week, November 5-11, is National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (#NSTTW)! Skills Nunavut will be joining Skills Canada and its members across the country in celebration by hosting free after school and lunchtime workshops and activities for youth designed to get them inspired by, and thinking of, the skilled trades as exciting, viable options for their futures. We will be partnering with professionals from our communities and leading a variety of different skills, including baking demonstrations, electrical snap circuits building, makeup tutorials, construction projects and much more!
It is clear that skilled trades and technology careers are important for our economy and an excellent career path for many young Nunavummiut. Yet many youth in the territory do not know what trade careers look like and lack the opportunities to try them out and pursue them long-term. This week of events and festivities is dedicated to raising awareness into the array of career options available in our communities, as well as the value in having a hands-on career.
We kicked off Nationals Skilled Trades and Technology Week on Sunday, November 5 at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. Skills Nunavut alumna and now National Technical Committee representative for Baking, Eliane Kanayuk-Gabriel, teamed up with local culinary arts experts to lead a six hour intensive cooking and baking workshop for keen high school students. The festivities will continue on November 7-8 when Skills Nunavut takes over the high school and middle school for Skills Try-A-Trade Extravaganza! On Friday, November 10th, there will be a free aesthetics workshop for students interested in learning theatrical and costume makeup application.
We invite you to follow along using #NSTTW and share your own stories and photos showcasing how your life benefits from the skilled and technologies. Wherever you are in the territory, skilled trades and technology workers are crucial to our daily lives. Encourage your yourself, your children or friends to participate in Skills Clubs throughout the year in communities across Nunavut. It's never to late to try something to and get involved in the skilled and technologies, from baking your own bread to learning to fix your Skidoo, you too can join #NSTTW right now!
Buns from scratch
Now that another new school year is underway and Skills Clubs across Nunavut are up and running, Skills Canada Nunavut is reflecting on what an amazing year we just had! We have steadily been growing each year in both the amount of programs offered across the territory and in the number of competitors attending the Territorial Skills Competition, meaning that more and more students are getting exposure to opportunities in trades and technologies.
At the most recent Territorial Skills Competition in April, we had competitions in 17 different trades, technology and employability skills areas and over seventy competitors from all three regions. We had the highest number of post-secondary apprentices registered for competition: Plumbing, Hairstyling and two for Electrical Installations. This was the second year we were able to host the Outdoor Engine Repair competition in Iqaluit, meaning that all competitions, with the exception of Plumbing were held on-site. Following the success of the 2016 Skills Competition, holding the Territorials on the weekend and allowing the students to have a full day of training prior to the competition day was invaluable and greatly improved the morale and performance of the competitors.
Team Nunavut was made up of a total of 17 gold medalists from the Territorial Skills Competition and 8 student delegates, who were part of the Iqaluit Robotics team. The National Skills Competition was held in Winnipeg, MB from May 31-June 3 and once again we had competitors from all three regions of Nunavut. There are over forty trades and technology competitions at Nationals, as well as interactive Try-A-Trade stations, live-demonstrations and massive Trade Show, so this was a huge eye-opening experience for Nunavut competitors. Team Nunavut had competitors in 14 different competition and send three apprentices, our highest number yet. Team Nunauvt had a very strong finish following the two full days of competition. Nunavut won a bronze medal in post-secondary Electrical Installation and a bronze medal in Job Demonstration: Aesthetics.
Team Nunavut 2017:
Baking- Hayley Takolik, Taloyoak
Cabinetmaking- Sam Kuluguqtuq, Iqaluit
Cooking- Andrew Clark, Iqaluit
Electrical Installations (post-sec)- Kimberly Smith BRONZE
Graphic Design- Natalie Maerzluft, Iqaluit
Hairstyling (secondary)- Jessica Eccles, Rankin Inlet
Hairystling (post-sec)- Desire Autut, Rankin Inlet
Job Demonstration- Shia Strowbridge BRONZE
Job Search- Abigail Atienza, Iqaluit
Outdoor Engine Repair- Michaelangelo Kunnuk, Pond Inlet
Photography-Damaris Nutarasungnik, Arviat
Plumbing (post-sec)- Bengamin Kusugak, Arviat
Public Speaking- Chidinma Umenwofor-Nweze, Iqaluit
Video Production- Ethan Tassiuk & Kevin Mikiyungiak, Arviat
Workplace Safety- Carter Lear, Cambridge Bay
Robotics- Hayden Ahle & David Aglukark, Iqaluit
Congratulations to all our competitors and big THANK YOU to all the participants, volunteer leaders, and sponsors who helped make 2016-17 an amazing year for Skills Canada Nunavut. Now...let's make 2017-18 even better!
- Open to all high school students across Nunavut
- Can be filmed in the language of the students' preference, including Inuktitut and French
- The winning team will receive $1000 as well as $1000 for their school
- All Skills Video Production teams will have the opportunity to screen their #FocusOnSafety videos at the Territorial Skills Competition in Iqaluit on April 9th, 2017
|Amalea Gibbons, Hairstyling, Arviat|
|Kim Smith, Apprentice Electrian, Iqaluit|
|Chidinma Umenwofor-Nweze, Public Speaking, Iqaluit|
|Jane and Cara, Photography and Job Seach, Pond Inlet|
Skills Nunavut is so excited to announce the addition of Snap Circuits, LEGO Robotics Kits and 2-D Animation programs to be used at our Skills Workshops in high schools across Nunavut! Not only does this equipment teach valuable science and technology skills, but so far our students and teachers have been begging to keep working on their projects long after the bell rings because they are having so much fun!
|Basic circuit with fan attachment|
Working with your hands, problem solving, and creative thinking are all key characteristics to trade and technology occupations. Yet, students are rarely exposed to these types of activities in the classroom. Exposing students, especially Nunavut youth, to alternative types of learning- especially hands-on activities- is not only a huge advantage in improving their academic success and keeping them in school, but also motivates them to find something they like to do, and then to make their passions a possible career.
We tested out tour newly acquired Snap Circuit kits with students from grades 8-12 in Pangnirtung, Inuksuk High School math and science teachers, and the grade 12 Apprentice Math class in Iqaluit. Not only did the students enjoy building the circuits, they managed to follow the manual and build the more advanced circuits through troubleshooting and working together. Every class did not want stop building and the final group of grade 12s stayed an extra hour after school to see how much more they could learn. By the end of the day, six students were very interested in pursuing a career in electrical wiring and asked how they could get into that field.
We wish we could run workshops in schools every day and expose more and more students to the opportunities that exist for them: it is possible to have fun at work everyday, and to be outside and using your hands and minds, while being paid. Students need to be made aware of the different types of careers that are open to them, like robotics and animation, and that they can do these things too!
|Pangnirtung Grade 11's solve use the water circuit to turn on their speaker.|
We hope our Skills Workshops will inspire more students and educators to try new ways to learn and teach, and be excited about the endless possibilities of a future in the trades and technologies!
Hi Friends and Friends of Skills,
I ran and completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16th. It was hot and humid day in the city, which made running extra challenging. I ran the first 21km in 1hr 41 minutes, which was on-track my goal time, but due to heat exhaustion I slowed down quite a bit during the second half. I was so proud and relieved when I crossed the finish line at 3hr 42min. It was not my personal best, but I have never run in such miserably sticky conditions so I am happy that I stuck with it and didn't stop until I saw my friends and family at the finish line.
Organized sporting events are such a great way to share stories of life and the realities of Nunavut with people across the country. I met so many runners and organizations who were so interested to know about training, living and everything else about Nunavut. I am still shocked at how many Canadians stereotype the North and are unaware about the real challenges and beauty of Nunavut, so running this marathon was extra inspiring for me.
For the next month I will continue to collect donations for Skills Nunavut. Training for marathons is not easy, but I really enjoy it and each run begins with just one step and the decision to just do it. I am motivated by the dedication and commitment that students across Nunavut have to mastering and pursuing their dreams even though conditions here can be extra challenging for them. I know 2016-17 will be our busiest and best year yet!
Skills Nunavut's Program Coordinator
Donate to Marathoning for Skills Nunavut!
Watch our Skills Nunavut's new promo video!
|Team Nunavut outside of the Moncton Coliseum, en route to Opening Ceremonies|
TV/Video: Lizabeth Demavivas/Daniel Keziz Calamayan, Iqaluit
National Youth Forum Representative: Mary Omole, Iqaluit
Media Squad: Jessica Matthews/Elaine Lau, Iqaluit
|Amalea Gibbons of Arviat explore the forests of Centennial Park at TreeGo!|
Get ready...65 students from across Nunavut will compete in 17 different trades and technology events at the 11th Annual TERRITORIAL SKILLS COMPETITION on Saturday, April 30! It is a one-of-a kind-event with competitions and activities happening simultaneously- like a reality TV show!...featuring Nunavut's talented youth!
Come out and show your support by watching LIVE at Insuksuk High school 9-4pm. There will also be a Career Fair, LOONIE/TOONIE SALE, 50/50, silent auction, robotics demonstration and more, 1-3:30!
All events are FREE and open to the community! Gold medalists move on to the National Skills Competition in Moncton, NB! For more information, to help out or to donate items/baked good, please contact Skills Canada Nunavut today!
-Bibi and Janis
Skills Canada Nunavut
867-979-5281 ex 1411
Lessons Learned from Apprentices at Meadowbank:
- There are lots of opportunities here in Nunavut to do what you love, learn new skills while getting paid.
- You can get to work on exciting projects and be involved in creating something real and meaningful.
- After graduating from your program, you have enough work experience and accreditation to open your own business in your home community.
- You get to meet new, fun people everyday and find people who will be your friends and mentors for life!
- If you need help, someone is there to help you.
- As an apprentice, your employer will cover your college and travel costs until you graduate.
- Although it may seem like hard work, apprentices have fun at work everyday.
- Everyone should try a trade at least once!
Skills Nunavut would like to share big thank you to all of the students and schools in Nunavut who participated in the Draw-A-Trade Colouring Book Competition. We received over 200 drawings and all brought smiles to our faces. Even though we could only select 3 winners from each age category, and 2 overall winners, we will be including many more entries into our final Skills Nunavut Colouring Book...so keep your eyes peeled for your drawings!
Interested in competing with Skills Canada as part of Team Nunavut?
The 2016 contest descriptions have been posted! Find your area of interest and get practicing!
The National Skills Competition will be held in Moncton, N from June 5-8, 2016.
Members of Team Nunavut are selected based on results of performances at the Territorial Skills Competition. This is an opportunity for students in every community across Nunavut to have fun demonstrating what they are interested in, live in Iqaluit.
The Territorial Competition is a one day event held at Inuksuk High school on Saturday, April 30. Each competition is designed based on what the students will be doing at Nationals. In January Skills Nunavut will post our contest description, so keep practicing!