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Plans for a University in Canada’s Arctic Taking Shape

15 JUN 2015
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There are approximately 107,000 people living in Canada’s Arctic region. That being said, there are very few post-secondary institutes for higher education in place for this demographic, and students in these areas are either forced to move elsewhere in the country for a university education, or make do with the few colleges that run in remote regions.

The prospect of building a university for the Inuit population of Nunavut has been in talks for several years—since 2007 in fact—but funding has continuously fallen through. Recently, however, Quebec mining company Agnico Eagle who mines gold from Nunavut, has agreed to offer $5 million towards a new institute. More funding would have to be secured to put construction of the university into full swing.

The university would be located in Iqaluit, and would specialize in courses of interest to the Inuit people. Therefore, Inuit studies would be a major focus, as would fine arts, health, linguistics, political science and governance—all programs which would help the Inuit culture in the Arctic thrive.

But building a university in a city of 6,000 has many people confused—claiming the institute would simply be a money grab. Critics say that areas such as the Northwest Territories and Yukon who both have higher populations would better benefit from a higher education institute.

What do you think? Could remote regions like Iqaluit benefit from a university?

Source: Globe and Mail