Ilisaqsivik recognizes the importance of training to assist residents from Clyde River and other Nunavut communities in gaining the skills they need to pursue meaningful work and to help others at both the individual and organizational levels. We have developed a professional trainees program that offers training through temporary employment for Clyde River youth and adults. We are also a regional training centre in the areas of community-based counselling, youth leadership, and film and digital media.
Professional Trainees Program – As Ilisaqsivik’s programs have grown, we have also increased the number of staff we hire on both a full-time and part-time basis. To support our growth, we have developed several training programs over the past years in order to hire, train, and promote talent from the community. Our trainees have moved up in Ilisaqsivik to take on increasing responsibility, and have also moved into positions in other Clyde River organizations, including the Hamlet, the Housing Office, and the Health Centre. Our professional trainees program includes Administration; Computer and Information Systems; Program Coordination; Early Childhood Education; Film, Television and Digital Media, and Librarian positions.
Inuit Youth Summer Work Experience Program – Ilisaqsivik also hires three students age 16 – 24 work for a full-time summer position each year. Students are paired with a mentor and placed in a job according to their interests. In 2011, these youth trainee positions included Janitor Assistant, Children’s Worker, and Assistant Recreation Coordinator.
Regional Training – Ilisaqsivik hosts periodic training programs for residents of Clyde River and other Nunavut communities in areas where we have developed programmatic expertise. Some of our training programs include:
- Counselling and Workshop Facilitation – In association with Life Works Counselling, Ilisaqsivik developed a four-part “Train the Facilitator” program, which focuses on Inuit counselling and mentorship. The overall approach, “Our Life’s Journey,” has been developed collaboratively by Ilisaqsivik leaders and counsellors working with Terri Garchinski of Life Works Counselling. Participants in the training program learn essential counselling skills and also learn to facilitate sessions on topics ranging from loss and grief, to making groups feel comfortable, to finding funding, assessment of client progress, addictions and medications, and dealing with vicarious traumatization as caregivers.
- Youth Leadership – [Information coming soon!]
- Film and Digital Media – [Information coming soon!]