Nunavut Arctic College


Nunavut Arctic College, or NAC, is a public agency of the Government of Nunavut that was created through the Nunavut Arctic College Act on January 1st, 1995 and service the largest post-secondary service region in Canada. The College responds to the adult and post-secondary educational needs of Nunavummiut through its President, Board of Governors, and the Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College.

The mandate of the College is to deliver adult and post-secondary education, including trades and apprenticeship as well as bachelor degree programs through brokerage agreements. In these arrangements, the College undertakes program operations while College’s university partners confer degrees to Learners who have successfully completed those programs.

The College is also active on the national and international stage by promoting the generation, communication and retention of knowledge through applied research at the Nunavut Innovation and Research Institute or NIRI. The Nunavut Innovation and Research Institute, a division of the College, is mandated to identify community needs for research and technology and act as the science advisor to the Government of Nunavut. The Institute also supports College researchers and seeks to promote and preserve the use of traditional Inuit knowledge and technology. Licenses for field research are also issued by the Institute. Each year approximately 175 licenses are issued for a wide range of studies, with support for field work being made available by the Institute’s centres.

The College is comprised of approximately 250 staff spread across all 25 communities of Nunavut. College operations include 3 regional campuses in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, and Cambridge Bay, 22 Community Learning Centers in the remaining communities, and a truly unique cultural school located in Clyde River.

The mission of Nunavut Arctic College is to strengthen the people and the communities of Nunavut by providing life-long learning opportunities for adult Nunavummiut by delivering high quality adult education programs developed with input from our partners throughout the Arctic and Canada, and by making the benefits of Inuit traditional knowledge and southern science more accessible.

Nunavut Arctic College will strive to be the College of choice for the people of Nunavut by offering relevant programs of the highest national standards. In the advancement of their language and culture, our graduates will value education and be proud to take their place in Nunavut and beyond.



  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Arctic Nursing)
  • Social Services Worker Program
  • Pre-Nursing


  • Nunavut Teacher Education Program
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Early Childhood Education Applied Certificate Program
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma Program
  • College Foundations
  • Getting Ready For Employment and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
  • Pathway To Adult Secondary School (PASS)


  • Nunavut Law Degree Program


  • Interpreter Translation Diploma Program
  • Inuinnaqtun Language Revitalization Certificate Program
  • Inuit Studies Diploma Program


  • Jewelry and Metalwork Program
  • Fur Design and Production Program


  • Management Studies
  • Computer Systems Technician
  • Municipal Government Program
  • Office Administration


  • Environmental Technology Program

Apprenticeship Programs:

  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Carpenter
  • Apprenticeship Housing Maintainer
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Oil Burner Mechanic
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Plumber
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Housing Maintainer


  • Culinary Arts
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Cook
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Fur Design and Production


  • Pre-Trades
  • Trades Access


  • Memorial University
  • Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) with the University of Regina
  • Nursing Program with Dalhousie University
  • Law with University of Saskatchewan
  • Nunavut Fisheries Marine Training Consortium with the Marine Institute of Newfoundland
  • Research partnership with Irving Shipbuilding Incorporated


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Facts and figures

Year Established 1995
Total Number of Staff 250
Number of Academic Staff 90
Number of Students 1500
Focus Areas

Trades and Technology

Fields of Study Offered Teacher training and education science (broad programmes)
Arts (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Computing (broad programmes)
Manufacturing and processing (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Social services (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)