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Federal Funding Helps IRC Deliver New Nursing Program In Inuvik

Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO for IRC, and Michael McLeod, MP Northwest Territories.

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced on Tuesday that Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) will receive $826,984 from the Government of Canada for an upcoming project under the Skills Partnership Fund.

IRC will test an innovative approach by delivering a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program to 18 Indigenous women that will also address socio-economic barriers faced by participants. This program will build capacity within an essential service throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and beyond and provide participants the opportunity to engage in the local economy upon completion.

“IRC is always looking for ways to increase capacity throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and working with partners such as the Government of Canada and Aurora College we are able to offer opportunities such as the Licensed Practical Nurse program to our beneficiaries and others," said Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of IRC. "We hope that those completing this program will utilize their new skills in the northern economy, becoming meaningful participants and achieving self-reliance. It is exciting and comforting for many that more and more Inuvialuit and northerners will be present in the hospitals and health centres that are present within our region and the Northwest Territories.”

Aurora College is partnering with IRC to deliver the two-year LPN program at Aurora Campus in Inuvik, NT.

“IRC has worked towards making the Licensed Practical Nurse program a reality for many years," said Jane Arychuk, President of Aurora College. "Aurora College is pleased to partner with IRC to deliver this and other programs that meet the needs of the communities and that will provide meaningful employment opportunities for local residents.”

Indigenous peoples represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population. The Government of Canada, Indigenous communities and other partners need to work together to remove barriers to employment and ensure Indigenous youth get the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in today’s workforce.

“By providing more opportunities and training for Indigenous people, the Government of Canada is demonstrating the importance of helping all people get the skills and experience they need to help build strong communities like ours across the country and to contribute to growing the middle class,” said Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories.

The Skills Partnership Fund supports partnerships between Indigenous organizations and training institutions, community organizations, local business and industry, to enhance skills development for Indigenous peoples. These partnership- based projects help to address a broad range of socio-economic issues facing Indigenous peoples.