YOUR PROFESSIONAL TEACHER ASSOCIATION
‘The Nunavut Teachers’ Association is dedicated to advocating for teacher well-being, professional growth, and culturally relevant public education.’
The Nunavut Teachers Association, or NTA, is the negotiating and representative organization for teachers, administrators, RSO consultants, and some coordinators in Nunavut.
With its central office located in Iqaluit, the role of the NTA is to ensure that members’ rights and benefits, under the existing Collective Agreement and other legislation, are advocated for and protected.
New members often have questions or concerns regarding their salary and benefits, rights and responsibilities, employer protocols and procedures, or other work related matters. For assistance with issues such as these, please see the New NTA Member FAQ Document below.
Nine elected officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Inuit Member at Large, and five regional presidents) make up the decision-making body known as the Central Executive. The Central Executive reports to the Central Council, the overall elected governing body of the NTA. Along with the NTA President, the NTA employs an Executive Director, a Member Services Administrator, PD Staff and an Executive Assistant. For the purposes of representation on Central Council, NTA is divided into five regions: South Qikiqtani, North Qikiqtani, Central Qikiqtani, Kivalliq and Kitikmeot. Below is a list of communities within each of these regions:
|South Qikiqtani:||Sanikiluaq, Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Clyde River|
|North Qikiqtani:||Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Igloolik, Hall Beach, Resolute Bay, Grise Fiord|
|Central Qikiqtani:||Iqaluit, Apex|
|Kivalliq:||Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Repulse Bay, Baker Lake|
|Kitikmeot:||Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk|
Each of these regions has a regional executive consisting of a Regional President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, and Member(s) at Large. Every school in Nunavut has a School Representative. The School Representative is a contact for the NTA in each school. He/She passes on information or updates coming from the central office in Iqaluit, and from regional executive to the NTA members in their workplace, and also relays information and questions from members to elected representatives and staff. New members should find out who is the School Representative for your future school, and make contact with them; this person can assist you with many questions or concerns that you may have particular to your school or community.
There are a number of ways to get involved in the association. Members can contact their School Representatives to obtain an NTA Webmail Account, through which NTA email can be accessed, and through which we send out the password for the Members’ Secure Area of this website. The website, school NTA bulletin boards and email system, along with our elected representatives, are the primary means of communication between the Association and members. Each year there is an opportunity for members to submit resolutions to Central Council to be considered and voted upon at our annual meeting – this is a way for members to have a voice in the Association and its future direction. There are also School and Regional Elections each spring, and any member is eligible to run for a school or regional position. The Association also has a number of standing committees. Some standing Committees, such as Finance and Legislative Committees, may only accept applications from members of Central Council or Central Executive. Other committees are open to all NTA members, and a call out for volunteers for these committees is sent to all NTA members via the NTA email system early in each school year.
- Curriculum Support
- Public Relations
- Professional Relations
- Equity Issues
- Inuit Educators
You are encouraged to get involved in the NTA; if you are interested in serving on one of the above committees after you arrive, please contact the Association’s Central Office in Iqaluit at (867) 979-0750 ext 226, or through e-mail at TYoung@ntanu.ca. There is a great deal of information about the Association in our By-law and Policy Book (PDF – 1.08 MB), published annually.
All teachers in Nunavut must take part in professional development activities in order to maintain their certification. Aside from protecting its members, the NTA is very active in promoting and encouraging professional development. You can find more PD information on the Professional Development page.