The Early Years
Nunavut Fisheries & Marine Training Consortium was incorporated in February, 2004 by a group of organizations who saw an opportunity to provide training for Nunavut Inuit in the fishery industry. At the time, the Federal Government through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada was providing training dollars to aboriginal organizations for specific industry sectors through a partnership arrangement with outside partners. This group of organizations, spearheaded through the efforts of Jerry Ward, CEO of Baffin Fisheries Coalition at the time, realized the great benefit that could be gained by taking advantage of these training dollars to provide training in the fishery sector which was in a very early stage of development. This group of organizations were: Baffin Fisheries Coalition, the Government of Nunavut (Fisheries & Sealing Division), Kakivak Association, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Nunavut Arctic College and the Hunters and Trappers Associations throughout Nunavut. This group of organizations had a vision for the Nunavut fishing industry – to ensure Inuit beneficiaries were given the opportunity to receive training so they could be part of the fishing industry sector in Nunavut and become crew members on Nunavut-owned vessels.
Change of Name
change of name to include the term marine to indicate that our training was not limited to the fishing sector alone – fishing was part of the marine industry.
Fast forward to 2018 – Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training now provides training in all aspects of the marine industry. Our geographic location has also been expanded. Through funding from Transport Canada, under the Oceans Protection Plan, NFMTC now provides training in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Nunavik.