University of Saskatchewan to teach future Nunavut lawyers

The Nunavut Arctic College is seen Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has been selected to partner with Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) to ensure Inuit students have the opportunity to study law with a new program.

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Nunavut’s government said the objective of the new law degree program is to increase the number of practicing lawyers in the northern territory.

“The delivery of a law degree program through the University of Saskatchewan will give Nunavummiut the best opportunity to learn about and engage actively in the legal profession,” said Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa.

U of S’s College of Law will support the design, development and delivery of the program for NAC. It will be delivered over four years in Iqaluit, allowing students to stay in Nunavut as they study.

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“Ensuring Inuit students have the opportunity to study law in Nunavut is a natural extension of our commitment to indigenous initiatives and to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation calls to action,” said U of S president Peter Stoicheff.

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Twenty-five seats are expected to be available to Nunavut students starting in September 2017.

This will be the third degree-granting program NAC offers in partnership with universities.

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