Welcome to Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) and to our introduction of a unique post secondary program designed to empower Inuit youth. Through our demanding academic and experiential education program students embark on a life-changing journey of self-discovery and personal development. We invite you to explore our site and learn about the many aspects of this dynamic program.

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The Learning Journey

What has led Inuit society and the territory of Nunavut to be where they are today? What is the ongoing story?

In Year 1, students focus on learning their own collective story from the point of view of the Inuit experience through courses such as Inuit History and Land Claims. Year 2 provides a broader perspective with courses that range from local community development, to political science, to the study of Circumpolar peoples.

Both years of academic programming are combined with hands-on cultural learning. In addition, all courses are delivered at students’ home away from the home, the NS Centre, where staff and students share the same workspace.

Learn more about the learning journey.

Students in classroom

“The NS program builds and sharpens you..this experience was more than what I expected.”

Student Life

Nunavut Sivuniksavut students are courageous! Getting on a plane to come to NS in Ottawa requires a leap of faith into the unknown. With the encouragement of peers, family, and teachers behind them, students embark on a journey of self-discovery that brings many challenges and rewards—it’s exciting and fearful at the same time. But they are never alone. There are always classmates and staff there to support them. In the end it becomes a life-changing experience, which all graduates have cherished.

Watch video: Your first year at NS

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Students at NS enjoy a happy moment together

“It meant a new path in my life…adventures and excitement. I made new friends who mean a lot to me now.”
- DN

Cultural Outreach

NS students become Ambassadors for Inuit Culture and Nunavut. With knowledge from their academic courses and skills learned from Cultural Studies workshops students play a valuable role in educating the southern public on Inuit culture and the Inuit story in Canada. It’s a highlight of the year, with events ranging from the Governor General’s Winter Party, to interactive sessions in public schools, to delivering workshops for federal public servants.

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How to apply to NS

Applications are open for all Inuit youth who are beneficiaries of the Nunavut Agreement and have graduated, or will graduate this year, from high school. We welcome applications from students from all communities. One of the highlights of NS is having students from all regions meeting and working with each other.

Learn more about applying to NS

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How can I contribute to NS?

We are a registered charity in Canada. You can help NS continue its unique programming by contributing to two special projects, the Residence Fund and the yearly student International Cultural Exchange.

Learn more about making a donation to NS

“NS has been the most amazing year of my life.
I have learned so much about Nunavut… and how lucky I am to be an Inuk. have learned a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future. NS has opened many doors for me, and I will always be thankful for coming here…”