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Nunavik education system: Operations update

MARCH 26, 2020

On March 22, the Quebec Premier announced that school closures were extended to May 1 across the province. On the same day, the Ministry of Education confirmed that there would be no ministerial examinations this year. On March 24, the Kativik Regional Government announced a ban on all non-essential air travel to Nunavik.

In light of these developments, the Council of Commissioners met on March 24 and decided to end the school year in Nunavik, effective that day.

Students will not be penalized.

In its March 22 news release, the Ministry of Education issued general guidelines for a scenario where schools would remain closed after May 1. For Nunavik, the Council of Commissioners felt these guidelines could be applied now to end the school year immediately.

The Ministry of Education guidelines state that the decision on student transition to the next grade level would be left to the professional judgment of teachers, based on each student’s grades for the first and second terms of the school year. For the youth Sector and the adult sector, the school board is currently working with the Ministry of Education to receive directives on the application of these guidelines as we proceed with closing student files for the 2019-2020 school year. We will inform Nunavimmiut once more details become available.

In the coming weeks, the school board will share with parents suggested learning activities that can be done at home, in a family setting. In addition to these, we will share with Nunavimmiut the recommended educational applications the Quebec Ministry of Education announced it would release starting March 30. All these tools and learning activities are optional, and this applies to the whole province.

All our administrative offices are currently open. Employees assigned to these offices are teleworking from home. School and adult education centre administrators are currently teleworking and providing the required follow-ups in the workplace for any emergencies and ensuring the delivery of essential services.

Frequently Asked Questions


Will my child be promoted to the next grade level?

For each student, transition to the next grade level or graduation will be determined based on the Ministry of Education guidelines and directives. At the moment, we are working with the general guidelines issued by the Ministry (news release of March 22). It states that transition to the next grade level is left to the professional judgment of teachers, based on each student’s grades for the first and second terms of the school year. The school board is currently working with the Ministry of Education to receive directives on the application of these guidelines as we proceed with closing student files for the 2019-2020 school year. We will inform Nunavimmiut once more details become available.

My child has learning difficulties. What will be available to him/her?

Right now, we don’t have an answer to this question. However, this is something we are aware of and will be looking at what services could be offered to students in this situation. This is also an issue in the rest of the province, and possible solutions are under discussion.

Will Secondary 5 students graduate this year?

Yes, students who obtained passing grades for the first and second terms of the school year are expected to graduate.

What can I do with my child to make sure he continues to learn during school closure?

We are currently working on a list of suggested activities that could be done at home or on the land, in a family setting. These will be communicated to parents and Nunavimmiut in the coming weeks, on the radio, on our website and on social media platforms.

In addition, the Quebec Ministry of Education also announced that a kit of resources (educational applications) would be made available to parents on March 30. These will also be accessible to Nunavik parents.


Are Adult Education courses and Vocational Training programs interrupted?

Yes, all courses and programs offered by the Adult Education and Vocational Training department are interrupted.

The only exception is general education courses offered at a distance, for students who have 1 to 6 credits left to complete before graduating.

Will I graduate from my Adult Education or Vocational Training program?

For students enrolled in general education courses offered in class or at a distance, courses will continue at a distance and only for those who have 1 to 6 credits left to complete before graduating. We will communicate with students who have more than 6 credits to complete before graduating.

Students enrolled in vocational training programs who have modules in progress will be assessed for these modules according to the professional judgment of their teachers, and as to achievement of the required skills. Once classes resume, we will contact all students who need to complete additional modules to graduate.

For college level programs offered in Nunavik (AEC), in popular education classes or tailor-made programs offered under our services to businesses, we will contact all enrolled students once classes resume.


How many employees currently have to travel from Nunavik back to their home in other parts of Canada? Are they all teachers?

When school closures were announced last week, teachers and staff who were already down south for March Break were asked to stay there. In these communities, some teachers and staff had decided to stay in Nunavik for March Break and they are still there (Kangirsuk, Salluit, Ivujivik, Inukjuak).

Staff who were due to depart for a March Break scheduled on March 16 to 20 were offered the option to remain in Nunavik throughout the school closures. About 30% of these employees chose to stay in Nunavik (Kangiqsualujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk, Puvirnituq, Akulivik, Umiujaq).

Finally, in 4 communities, March Break was scheduled after March 30. Employees in these communities are still in Nunavik (Kuujjuaq, Quaqtaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Kuujjuaraapik).

In total, the school board currently has to organize the movement of approximately 150 staff out of Nunavik communities this week. Teachers and staff who have renewed their contract with the school board for next year will have the option to stay in Nunavik until the travel ban is lifted.

Are employees receiving their salary right now?

As announced by the Government of Quebec, all staff continue to receive their salary as per, and until the end, of their current contract.

All our administrative offices are currently open. Employees assigned to these offices are teleworking from home. School and adult education centre administrators are currently teleworking and providing the required follow-ups in the workplace for any emergencies and ensuring the delivery of essential services.

What will happen to employees who were down south when the school closure was announced. Will they be able to travel to Nunavik to recover their personal effect?

Our immediate priority is to organize the repatriation of all staff to locations outside of Nunavik.

We are already working on scenarios and possible solutions for staff whose personal belongings remain in Nunavik. We will communicate with all concerned employees as soon as staff currently remaining in Nunavik have been repatriated home.

What will be the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on teacher and staff recruitment?

Teacher recruitment is continuing as usual and we have already filled 52 teaching positions in Nunavik for next year. At the moment, there are 42 teaching vacancies that we are still recruiting for.

It is important to note that the early cut-off date introduced this year, for teachers to indicate their intention for the next school year, is making a very positive difference. It has allowed us to gain almost 8 additional weeks to recruit, compared to previous school years.

The recruitment of school administrators for next year also continues.

Concerning non-teaching non-essential positions based in Nunavik, recruitment is currently on hold given the current ban on movement of non-essential staff.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 causes respiratory infections with symptoms of fever, cough and breathing difficulties. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq takes the situation linked to this disease very seriously. Government authorities, including the Direction de santé publique and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services are providing the school board with all the advice and directives to deal with this virus.

Infection prevention reminder

Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The health recommendations below are provided by the Quebec government.

Get provincial public health updates here.

Get Nunavik public health updates here.

Stay at home

  • Do not receive visitors at home.
  • Avoid non-essential travel from one region to another
  • Postpone all non-urgent medical appointments.

Infection Prevention for everyone (source: Government of Quebec)

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with more vulnerable people, including older adults and people who have a chronic disease.
  • Avoid direct contact when you greet someone, such as shaking hands, and use alternative ways to greet people.

For citizens returning from travelling (source: Government of Quebec)

Mandatory self-isolation for 14 days for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, returning from abroad returning from on or after March 12, 2020.

Individuals who are returning from outside Canada and are in self-isolation at home must:

  • Inform your immediate supervisor;
  • Stay at home;
  • Not go to work;
  • Not use public transport;
  • Postpone all non-urgent medical appointments.
  • Not receive visitors at home.
  • Call 1-877-644-4545 if they have a cough or fever.


Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government: Community Notice

March 26, 2020

We want to thank you all for your ongoing patience as our government works to clarify the miscommunication at the checkpoint established at the Van Horne Bridge. Chief Darcy Gray has been in communication with the Government of New Brunswick, and we have confirmation from all levels that Listugujewaq can continue to access essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical purposes, and work for essential personnel.

We have confirmation as of 5:00 p.m. from the conservation sergeant in charge of the checkpoint that Listugujewaq will not be turned away for accessing these essential services. Chief Darcy Gray is urging community members to respect the guidelines below until we can reach a common understanding, government to government, on how we will proceed moving forward.

Guidelines to be respected:

  • Community members are asked to limit their travel across the bridge to essential travel ONLY;
  • We are asking that there be one occupant per vehicle (if possible), and have the following information on-hand:
    • I.D. (license, medicare card, or other)
    • Indian Status Card
    • Purpose of travel
    • Contact information

We want to thank community members who shared their unique circumstances with us. Rest assured your concerns are heard and we are working hard to find answers. We thank you for your patience during this time. If you have a unique circumstance we ask that you please inbox our Facebook page, and we will do our best to help you find answers.


‘Stay calm and move forward’: Indigenous doctors on strength, resilience in the face of pandemics – APTN News

March 26, 2020

Indigenous peoples have been through pandemics before – and so has Dr. Darlene Kitty.

Kitty was on the front line in 2009 when the H1N1 pandemic hit her home community of Chisasibi in northern Quebec, hospitalizing people at a rate 33 times higher than in the rest of the province.

“In H1N1 we were kind of fighting on our own because it was the first time a big event happened,” says Kitty. “But by the second wave I think we learned by experience and we came out better in the end. But I know there was other First Nations that struggled.”

Kitty is a family physician and director of the Indigenous Program with the University of Ottawa’s faculty of medicine. Speaking from the Chisasibi Hospital, she tells APTN News that “bigger decision makers” like the federal government need to listen and work together with those battling the virus on the ground in remote communities.

“Work with the community to give them what they need and not just kind of a one-time deal. There has to be ongoing support through the next several months when COVID-19 is going to come, if it’s not there already,” she says.

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Cree patient in Montreal tests positive for COVID-19 – CBC

Further measures put in place at Hotel Espresso patient lodging in Montreal

Mar 25, 2020

One Cree patient being treated at a Montreal hospital has tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation at a Cree health board facility in the city.

The patient started showing symptoms on March 23 and was immediately tested, according to Bella M. Petawabano, chairperson of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB). The positive result was confirmed late Tuesday.

This is the first person from Eeyou Istchee, Cree territory in Northern Quebec, to test positive for the disease.

“The patient has not been to Eeyou Istchee recently,” Petawabano said.

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Osisko provides Update following Temporary Suspension of Operations at the Canadian Malartic Mine

MONTRÉAL, March 25, 2020 — Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (the “Company” or “Osisko”) (OR: TSX & NYSE) announces today that following the announcement by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Yamana Gold Inc., the operators of the Canadian Malartic Mine, operations at the Canadian Malartic Mine will be ramped down and placed on care and maintenance until April 13, 2020. As instructed, minimal work will take place during that time, in compliance with the most recent Québec Government order in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Company declared: “Given the outstanding pandemic, we support Agnico, Yamana and all other mine operators in their efforts to put the health and safety of their work force first with a view to contain the virus and thereby “flatten the curve” as explained by public health authorities across the world. While Osisko’s business will be impacted by these measures as metal deliveries and revenues will be temporarily deferred, we are confident that operators will be in a position to progressively resume normal operations when deemed appropriate by Government authorities.”

In a context of rapidly evolving news on COVID‑19, Osisko is monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update as soon as possible on restart of operations.

About Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd is an intermediate precious metal royalty company focused on the Americas that commenced activities in June 2014. Osisko holds a North American focused portfolio of over 135 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko’s portfolio is anchored by its cornerstone asset, a 5% net smelter return royalty on the Canadian Malartic mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada. Osisko also owns the Cariboo gold project in Canada as well as a portfolio of publicly held resource companies, including a 15.9% interest in Osisko Mining Inc., 17.9% interest in Osisko Metals Incorporated and a 19.9% interest in Falco Resources Ltd.

Osisko’s head office is located at 1100 Avenue des Canadiens-de Montréal, Suite 300, Montréal, Québec, H3B 2S2.

For further information, please contact Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd:

Sandeep Singh
Tel. (514) 940-0670


School year ends across Nunavik – Nunatsiaq News

25 March 2020

Kativik Ilisarniliriniq officially announces students will not return to class before fall

The school year in Nunavik has officially ended due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

“In light of these developments, the Council of Commissioners met and decided that the school year would end today in Nunavik,” said the announcement from the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq school board on Tuesday, March 24.

Students will still be able to graduate despite this.

According to the board, final grades will be determined by the student’s first- and second-term grade, and this will be used to determine whether they move on to the next grade level.

In particular, the board states, for Secondary 5 students looking at high school graduation, those who passed their first two terms will graduate.

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COVID-19: Suspension of Itinerant Court in Nunavik

Mar 25, 2020

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Court of Quebec has currently suspended all travel to Nunavik from March 16th – May 4th, 2020 and has limited hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. Emergency hearings will take place in Amos by means of telephone and video conferencing.

Please refer to the following list should you have questions concerning the suspension of court:

  • If you have been given an Undertaking or Promise to Appear before May 4th, please call your lawyer for any questions you may have.
  • Should you not have a lawyer and wish to have one represent you, please contact Makivik Court Worker Services in Kuujjuaq (819-964-2881) or Kuujjuaraapik (819-929-3336) and leave a message. A Court Worker will get back to you within 24 hours. Email is also available at
  • If you don’t wish to have a lawyer but wish to have further information, you should contact judicial services at 1-866-699-9729.
  • If you wish to contact the court services, call 1-866-226-9860, ext. 64992.
  • If you are a Crown witness and have been served a subpoena to appear in court before May 4th, please call 819-964-2497 or 819-444-5345.

Should you have any further questions or general inquiries, please contact a Court Worker at one of the following numbers: Kuujjuaq (819-964-2881) or Kuujjuaraapik (819-929-3336)

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.


NTI Calls for Housing Equity on World TB Day in midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

(March 24, 2020 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today, on World Tuberculosis Day, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated calls on the Government of Canada to immediately make a significant funding commitment towards housing equity in Nunavut to address a root cause of high rates of respiratory illness in Nunavut.

Efforts to eliminate TB will improve the health and wellbeing of Nunavummiut. These improvements will help protect our families and communities against TB and other important health issues, such as COVID-19. The conditions and determinants of health, such as overcrowded, poorly ventilated housing and inadequate access to nutritious food, promote TB transmission and contribute to high rates of TB in Inuit communities. These are the same conditions that increase the risk of widespread COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

“Two years ago, the Government of Canada made a commitment to eliminate TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030. A major, distinctions-based housing initiative is critical at this time.” – Aluki Kotierk, NTI President.

“COVID-19 and TB are diseases that thrive among the immune compromised. In Nunavut, chronic overcrowded housing, poverty and food insecurity must be addressed urgently.” – Kono Tattuinee, Kivalliq Inuit Association.

“Inuit acknowledge and appreciate the nurses, doctors, medical interpreters, first responders and many others who dedicate their lives to protect and care for Nunavummiut. We thank you for your commitment during this pandemic.” – Stanley Anablak, Kitikmeot Inuit Association.

“The World Health Organization has adopted aggressive targets to reduce new cases of TB, reduce TB related deaths and protect families from the catastrophic costs of infection. Actions and investments must match these targets.” – P.J. Akeeagok, President, Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework (the TB Framework) was released by ITK in December of 2018. The Nunavut Tuberculosis Elimination Action Plan, has been drafted through a collaborative process led by NTI, in partnership with the Government of Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Ilisaqsivik Society, Nunavut Housing Association and leaders in TB elimination, such as Mary Killiktee, former Mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq.The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the release of the action plan.

In March 2018, $27.5 million over 5 years was allocated for Inuit TB elimination across Inuit Nunangat. Of that amount, $13.1 million was allocated to Nunavut for activities from 2018-2023, of which $2.5 million was allocated to the Whale Cove and Kinngait community screening clinics. Work is on-going based on the draft action plan.


For further information:

Malaya Mikijuk
Acting Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated


Resolute Update on COVID-19 Temporary Impact to Operations

MONTREAL, March 24, 2020 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today provided an update on the impact of the COVID-19 situation to its business. Resolute remains as committed as ever to the health and safety of its employees, business partners and communities by adhering strictly to the guidelines and measures put in place by government authorities.

While certain government authorities in Canada and the United States have ordered the closure of all non-essential business operations in regions where Resolute operates, they have also recognized the importance of the forest products sector in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic: tissue products to fill empty shelves; pulp to produce tissue, air filters, paper gowns, and other medical and personal care supplies; paper to keep people informed of developments and advisories; and wood products to support the demand for building and essential infrastructure.

Accordingly, Resolute expects to continue to operate in all of its business segments – pulp, tissue, wood products and paper – in Canada and the United States. But the company expects to take certain temporary steps to reduce its operational footprint to demand levels consistent with essential needs for the duration of the crisis. The company will adjust capacity dynamically based on the conditions and rapid evolution of the situation, but most of the capacity reduction is expected to come from the wood products and paper segments. The temporary capacity reductions will be implemented over the coming days and will be announced locally.

The company will continue to monitor the situation and to work closely with its valued customers to provide the high-quality products and strong support that they expect, particularly in these challenging times. The company will also continue to closely monitor the supply of incoming raw materials and work in collaboration with its numerous suppliers to secure the stability of the supply chain.

“These are certainly unprecedented times,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. “The COVID-19 situation is evolving very quickly, and there is a sense of stress and concern weighing on everyone. I want to especially thank our employees for their support: Your hard work and dedication are particularly appreciated given the uncertainty the economy is currently facing.”

Resolute has introduced special measures to minimize the spread of the virus at its locations, including: putting in place a company-wide risk management committee to monitor the situation and the implementation of preventive measures across all sites; developing a special support website for employees with guidelines, forms, FAQs and other relevant documents and links; making the necessary accommodations to support the health and well-being of employees and business partners; introducing restrictions on travel; canceling non-essential visits by external suppliers and other outside support services; and increasing safety measures for visits by service technicians, truck drivers and delivery personnel.

For further information: Investors: Remi G. Lalonde, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 514 394-2345,; Media and Others: Seth Kursman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, 514 394-2398,


Rio Tinto update on COVID-19

MELBOURNE, Australia– Today, as a result of separate actions by the Premier of Quebec and the President of South Africa to contain the spread of COVID-19, Rio Tinto will slow down some of its operations.

At Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa Rio Tinto will curtail production in compliance with a directive from the Government aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all mining operations at RBM will be halted by midnight on Thursday, 26 March, for 21 days.

In line with the President’s directive, Rio Tinto will make arrangements for the furnaces to be put on care and maintenance in order to avoid damage to their continuous operations. At this time, it is too early to speculate on when operations will resume or on 2020 production guidance. Resumption of the construction of the Zulti South project will be delayed.

In Canada, because of the threat of COVID-19, the Premier of Quebec has announced the closure of all non-essential businesses from midnight on 24 March 2020 to 13 April. Rio Tinto understands that the Quebec government has designated industrial complexes including the aluminium sector and the mining industry as essential industries but instructed that they must reduce their business activity to the minimum. We will work with the government to comply with its directive in relation to our Quebec operations. Any impacts to operations or production guidance will be reported to the market in due course.

Rio Tinto chief executive officer J-S Jacques said: “The health and safety of our people is Rio Tinto’s key priority and we are supportive of the action being taken by various governments to address the threat of COVID-19. We will continue to work with our employees, customers, communities and suppliers to minimise any impact of action being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

This announcement is authorised for release to the market by Rio Tinto’s Group Company Secretary.

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