QC announces feasibility study on cégep for Nunavik

April 28, 2022
The Government of Quebec’s education ministry will be embarking on a feasibility study to determine whether to establish a cégep in the Nunavik region of Quebec. Currently, there are no postsecondary institutions in the northern region, so students must fly south to pursue further education. 12,000 people live in Nunavik, reports CTV News, and the region accounted for 18% of Canada’s Inuit population in 2016. Lisa Mesher of Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Nunavik school board, expressed hope that a new postsecondary education option in the region would improve postsecondary graduation rates, as currently 3% of the population has a DEC and 1% has a university degree. Mesher noted that students often experience culture shock when travelling for higher education and the region sees high turnover from workers from the south who come to teach or work. Providing a culturally relevant postsecondary education would potentially resolve these issues by fostering local talent. CTV News | TVA Nouvelles (QC)