Department OverviewBuilding self-reliance
Through focusing on programs and services that encourage the pursuit of further education and the development of employable skills and experience, we are fostering the independence and great future of our people.
The responsibilities of the Department of Education and Economic Development (EED) tie together two essential building blocks in the pursuit of self-reliance and prosperity for Labrador Inuit. Economic development will improve our ability to produce and to use and trade goods and services on our own terms. This gives us the opportunity to generate money and create opportunities for Labrador Inuit. Education empowers individuals to pursue those opportunities by obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their chosen careers. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
Education and Economic Development focuses on programs and services to support Labrador Inuit seeking post-secondary education and/or labour market training. The department offers two programs to support Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries: the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and Inuit Pathways.
EED also continues to develop innovative, Inuit-specific programs to improve educational opportunities for Labrador Inuit which includes the Integrated Nursing Access Program, and training and employment partnerships with Labrador Inuit Development Corporation.
What about Grades K to 12?
Primary and secondary educational services are currently provided to children in Nunatsiavut communities through the Provincial School Authority.
Through the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement, the Nunatsiavut Government has the authority to assume responsibility for the primary and secondary educational system in Nunatsiavut communities. EED is actively examining the current school curricula to determine its strengths and areas requiring change as a first step towards assuming these responsibilities.