Growing push for brick-and-mortar university in NU

May 5, 2015

There is a growing push to establish a brick-and-mortar university in Nunavut. Last week, James Nasso, Chair of Agnico Eagle Mines, told an audience of NU students and education leaders that a university “could be a great healing force.” His firm last year pledged $5 M toward the development of a university in NU. Nasso added, “Nunavut is on the cusp of robust economic growth, but without a university, it will be hard to take advantage of it.” Mary Simon, founding Chair of the National Committee on Inuit Education, echoed Nasso’s call. She envisions an institution with an Inuit identity that would welcome non-Inuit students and serve as an example of Inuit and non-Inuit co-management.