The Inuit Learning and Development Project

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About the Project

The Inuit Learning and Development Project (ILDP) is an innovative pre-employment and job training initiative aimed at helping Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) beneficiaries develop skills for potential jobs in the public service in Nunavut.

The ILDP is a collaborative program between the Government of Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), and the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC). Through work placements in these organizations, ILDP participants, gain practical work experience, and are provided with learning, coaching, and mentoring tailored to their needs to prepare them for potential career opportunities in the public service.

ILDP participants take part in four 4-month paid work assignments in different positions in the public service to gain first-hand experience working in federal and Inuit organizations. The participants are also matched with a mentor to assist them throughout the program, as well as an on-the-job coach to help contribute to their success. Based in Iqaluit, the project also takes into account Inuit culture and lifestyle and encompasses a balanced approach to working in the public service.

Participants who complete the 16-month project will have gained work experience in several different government organizations and have developed a variety of office and client service skills. They will also be more aware of the opportunities available for careers in the public service. Participants will also be provided with a personal learning plan that will outline recommended next stages of education and training for advancement in public service positions.

At the end of the project successful participants will be placed in an inventory for possible consideration for term or permanent jobs within the federal government, NTI or QC.

Twelve Nunavummiut graduated from the first cohort, many of whom have been successful in gaining public service employment. A new cohort is anticipated to start in January 2016.

Participating organizations

The following organizations and federal departments are participating in the project:

  • Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI)
  • Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC)
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/ Service Canada (SC)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC)
  • Parks Canada (PC)
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Correctional Service Canada (CSC)
  • Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)

How to apply

Application forms are available online, by email at or from Kakivak Employment Centre or the Service Canada office in Iqaluit.

Please provide the following information when applying:

  • Application form
  • Cover letter
  • A resume outlining your skills and abilities, including life skills as well as any employment and job skills you may have. We would like to know about your education experience as well so be sure to include information about your highest level of schooling and any courses you have taken

Assistance filling out the application form, writing a cover letter, and preparing a resume is being provided through any of the following:

  • Kakivak Employment Centre (Parnaivik Building 924, Iqaluit)
  • Service Canada (Qulaut Building – 933 Mivvik 1st Floor) in Iqaluit or by contacting Shaun Cuthbertson at 1-867-975-6626 or Micheline Kilabuk-Cote at 1-867-975-4744 or call 1-800-567-9604

Completed applications can be:

  • Emailed to
  • Mailed to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Nunavut Regional Office, PO Box 2200, Iqaluit NU, X0A 0H0
  • Dropped off at the Service Canada office (Qulaut Building – 933 Mivvik 1st Floor)
  • Faxed to 1-867-975-4560
  • Deadline for applications is December 18, 2015
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