far north u
michaelle jean, governor general of canada, publically urges the federal government to build a university in the north west territories so that inuit youth can further their education closer to home.
premier floyd roland joined a canadian delegation to the arctic council in tromso, norway last month where the idea of a northern university may have been planted and considered.
“When you look at those countries (on the Arctic Council), their universities are heavily involved in this process,” Roland told The Journal. “I met with an individual for a discussion of the University of the Arctic, and it came up how we in the NWT can be involved. (A Northern university) is something I think needs to be discussed.”
nwt has a population of almost 42,000 people. according to the 2001 canadian census, 36% of the population is first nations and 11.2% are inuit.