At Nunavik Sivunitsavut, students explore global
modern issues from an Inuit perspective.

Unique in Quebec, Nunavik Sivunitsavut offers one year of courses on Inuit and circumpolar history, politics, governance, culture and language. Students will gain an invaluable insight into our region, its culture and people.

At Nunavik Sivunitsavut, students:

  • Explore their Inuit identity, its ties to Nunavik’s communities and collective history
  • Achieve credits that count towards any CEGEP diploma they may want to complete in the future
  • Live a positive urban experience in Montreal
  • Develop workplace skills Nunavik employers are looking for
  • Strengthen their sense of identity and leadership skills.


In 2015, four regional organizations from Nunavik approached John Abbott College to collaborate with them in the design and delivery of culturally relevant courses for the youth of Nunavik.

1) The Kativik Regional Government (KRG): The KRG was created pursuant to the JBNQA to provide public services to the people of Nunavik. It is a public (non-ethnic) government, and tasked with everything from maintaining airports to providing economic development, support for hunting and on-the-land activities, policing services and much more. It is the region’s largest employer.

2) Makivik Corporation: Makivik is the legal representative of the Inuit of Quebec. It is mandated to protect the rights, interests, and financial compensation provided by the JBNQA. It is tasked to generate jobs, foster economic and social development, promote Inuit culture and owns and operates large businesses (such as First Air and Air Inuit). 

3) Kativik School Board (KSB): the KSB was also created by the JBNQA and came into operations in 1978. It is mandated to provide primary, secondary and adult education to the region of Nunavik, and to arrange and supervise services to post-secondary students. It operates 16 schools, and several adult and vocational educations centres in the 14 communities of Nunavik. 

4) Avataq Cultural Institute: In 1980, Avataq was created in response to the rapid pace of change in Nunavik’s culture due in no small part to the changes brought about by the JBNQA. It has a mandate to promote and protect the language and culture of the Nunavik Inuit.

Post-Secondary Diploma Granting Partner

John Abbott College: John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes 6500 full-time day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. It has been working in partnership with the Kativik School Board to provide support to Inuit students coming from Nunavik for more than 20 years. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.