Training, Employment and Education
One of MIA’s key goals is to improve education, employment and training outcomes, and increase Inuit economic participation in Manitoba.
We are working with Manitoba-based institutions to meet the following training, employment, and educational objectives:
- Increase the number of Inuit accessing funding for post-secondary;
- Provide orientation services to new Inuit students arriving in Winnipeg;
- Develop retention services to assist Inuit students to complete their studies successfully;
- Increase the number of Inuit accessing employment and training services in Manitoba.
Contact Education Connections!
Students, future students, and employers - contact MIA to find out how you can help or connect to our developing services!
Rachel Dutton, Executive Director
Calling all Inuit adult students!
MIA is working with Manitoba-based organizations, training and educational institutions and students to develop and connect to the supports both established and new Inuit students require to succeed in their studies. Whether you are from Manitoba, have moved here to study, or are planning to come here, MIA would like to hear from you.
We can help you to find out more about potential funding sources, counselling services and to connect you with other Inuit students.
There are many employers in Winnipeg and Manitoba who seek to hire Inuit staff -- particularly organizations who serve the Inuit population here in Manitoba or the Inuit Nunangat region.
MIA can help you get your job ads, training and employment opportunities distributed widely in the Inuit community -- for free.
If your organization serves Inuit, and you wish to attract and support Inuit to your organization, contact MIA to find out how we can help get your job and training opportunities out to the people you need to reach.
For Inuit job seekers
If you are looking for work in Manitoba, get in touch with MIA to find out how we might be able to help you!
Find out more about what we can do to connect you to the right supports in Manitoba to get started. From career counselling, to finding the right training program, to hooking you up with potential employers, call MIA.
Building on our Educational Research
We launched the MIA Education Connections Research Project in 2013. Our goal was to identify the supports necessary for Inuit students studying in Manitoba to succeed in their educational objectives.
Recommendations from this comprehensive research report are contained in the MIA Education Connections Final Report, produced in 2014. The report calls for the establishment of an Education Connections Program to assist Inuit students to succeed in their studies in order to participate fully in the economies of Manitoba, Nunavut, and other regions of Inuit Nunangat.
Data on the number of Inuit adult students studying in Manitoba was collected in the 2013-2014 academic year, noting where the students are from, what they are studying, and where their funding was obtained.
Interviews and group focus sessions were held with training institution administrators and Inuit students to identify the factors that helped them complete their studies, and factors that were barriers to completion. A review of best practices of other groups was undertaken, and the Education Connections plan was created.
MIA is now working to develop the Education Connections Program -- support services for Inuit students in Manitoba who choose the route of post-secondary or other training programs. The blueprint places Inuit culture at the center of all programs and policies that we undertake and will form the basis for all present and future partnerships and funding relationships that we negotiate to support Inuit in their education journeys.
“Some students don’t have anyone to advocate for them because they don’t know people in the South. Having advocates who are respected in the community (in Winnipeg) might help.” Student Respondent, MIA Education Connections Project Report, p. 26
“The initial phase (of adjustment) is very important. People need a safe space to land, and to have someone to show them around. If people fall through that gap in the first few weeks, they can be lost.” Administrator Respondent, MIA Education Connections Project Report, p. 26