Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a unique eight-month college program based in Ottawa. Founded in 1985, it is for Inuit youth from Nunavut who want to get ready for the educational, training, and career opportunities that are being created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and the new Government of Nunavut. All of its courses are accredited by 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 Nunavut and other northern regions. 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 the NLCA. It runs from September until May. Approximately forty 1st Year students and twelve 2nd Year students are chosen each year.