NTEP 2018 Graduates | Taloyoak, Nunavut

Master of Ceremonies James Eetoolook. He shared his experiences growing up in the community, and between speakers, spoke of the history of Nunavut. For example, he recounted when the school was established, and talked about being punished for speaking his language. He reminded the people how late Inuit were granted the right to vote. I thought he did a splendid job. Proud day for him — his daughter graduated from the program.
The grads being introduced to those gathered for the ceremony (most of the people from the community): Yolande Apalu, Corrine Boisvert, Kristen Eetoolook, Lenny Panigayak, and Casie Totalik-Holwell.
Sarah Takolik lighting the Qulliq. James reminded everyone that the people would not have survived without the Qulliq which provides heat and light.
Steve Snowball was given the honor of speaking about each graduate. As an instructor, and a member of the community for two years, Steve clearly got to know each one in special ways and did a splendid job of celebrating each grad’s gifts and strengths. James provided translation services.
Gloria Uluqsi and Steve Snowball presenting three special awards from Nunavut Arctic College and other gifts and accolades.
Sheila Kolola, President of Nunavut Arctic College, and a proud NTEP graduate, too, conferring the NAC degree. Students received diplomas from NAC and the University of Regina.

NTEP graduation was held at the school.

Photos and captions are by Dr. Valerie Mulholland, Associated Dean of Student Services and Undergraduate Programs, who attended the ceremony held in Taloyoak, Nunavut on June 5, 2018.