Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a unique eight-month college program based in Ottawa. Founded in 1985, it is for Inuit youth who want to prepare for the educational, training, and career opportunities that are being created by their respective land claims agreements and governments.
NS offers two 1-year Certificate programs: Inuit Studies, and Advance Inuit Studies. Each is are delivered under the auspices of Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Students in the NS program learn about Inuit history, organizations, land claims and other issues relevant to their future careers in the North. They also gain valuable life experience by living in the city and learning to live on their own as independent adults.
The program is open to youth from Nunavut who are beneficiaries of any of the four Inuit land claims agreements in Canada. Inuit youth from Greenland and Alaska are also welcomed to apply.
The program begins in September and ends in May each year. Approximately forty 1st Year students and twelve 2nd Year students are chosen each year.