Nearly $5 million announced for N.W.T.'s Collège Nordique

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Michael McLeod, MP for the N.W.T., Rebecca Alty, mayor of Yellowknife, R.J. Simpson, minister of education for the N.W.T., Patrick Arsenault, executive director of Collège Nordique and Marc Serré, parliamentary secretary to the minister of official languages.  (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages - image credit)
Michael McLeod, MP for the N.W.T., Rebecca Alty, mayor of Yellowknife, R.J. Simpson, minister of education for the N.W.T., Patrick Arsenault, executive director of Collège Nordique and Marc Serré, parliamentary secretary to the minister of official languages. (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages - image credit)

Yellowknife's Collège Nordique is getting nearly $5 million in funding to help meet the labour requirements of Yellowknife's francophone community, says a joint news release Tuesday.

Of the funds, $4.2 million comes from the federal government's Official Languages Support Programs to be doled out over three years. The N.W.T. government is putting up $680,000 over the same time period.

The project is funded under the Canada–Northwest Territories agreement on minority-language education and second official-language instruction from 2019–20 to 2022–23, the release reads. The funds are meant to go toward creating a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion. It will also help classrooms to facilitate virtual teaching.

"The announcement of multi-year funding … will enable us to implement projects in our new business plan. This plan was developed with the community and reflects the dreams and goals of the Northwest Territories' French-speaking students," said Patrick Arsenault, the executive director of Collège Nordique.

"This funding demonstrates a serious commitment on the part of the federal government to minority-language post-secondary education, and we are grateful for it."

Collège Nordique is the only French-language post-secondary institution in the North. It's about to mark its 10th anniversary.

"The funding announced today is very important for the Franco-ténois community," said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of Official Languages, in a statement.

"This targeted regional strategy will help Collège Nordique graduates enter the labour market with the tools they need, having completed their studies in the official language of their choice."

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