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Sep 18, 2020

Canadian Medical Students Demand Change After ‘Inhumane’ Exam Conditions

Graduating medical school students are required to take part one of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE) at some point during their first year of residency. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students will now have to take the exam online which has resulted in several difficulties.

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Sep 4, 2020

School Reopening Plans, Province By Province

As schools resume across Canada in September, changes are being implemented province by province to protect students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister announced $2 billion in support for provinces and territories to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year.

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Sep 4, 2020

COVID-19 and changes to postgraduate medical education in Canada

Postgraduate medical education in Canada drastically changed due to COVID-19. This article identifies key issues that medical schools and residents face in this new paradigm of medical education.

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Canada: Nunavut


The Territory of Nunavut is the newest and largest territory of Canada. It is located in northern Canada and is bordered by the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, the Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean. Nunavut is the same size as Western Europe, but with a population of 29,474, it is the smallest province or territory in Canada in terms of population. 83.6% of the population is Inuit.

The area of present-day Nunavut has been continuously populated for 4,000 years. The first European explorer in the area, Martin Frobisher, arrived in 1576. As a result of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act which were passed by the Canadian Parliament on July 9, 1993, the Territory of Nunavut was created. It was officially separated from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999.

Nunavut means "our land" in Inuktitut which is the language Inuit. The official languages are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. The Government has a goal of a fully bi-lingual (Inuktitut and English) population by 2020.


Education in Nunavut is free and compulsory from ages 6 to 15. Currently, the Nunavut Department of Education oversees the country's education system.

Primary and Secondary Education

Primary school is 6 years and begins at age 6. It is divided into Division 1 (years 1-3) and Division 2 (years 4-6). Junior high school is 3 years and senior high school is 3 years. Upon successful completion of senior high school, students are awarded a High School Graduation Diploma.

Post-Secondary Education

There is only one post-secondary educational institution: Nunavut Arctic College. It offers many short-term (8 weeks) vocational and technical programs, as well as one-year certificate programs and two-year diploma programs. The diploma programs are designed to prepare students to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities in other provinces and territories. In conjunction with Dalhousie University, if offers a Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing, and in conjunction with McGill University, a Bachelor of Education.

Teacher Training

Primary and secondary school teachers must hold a Bachelor of Education.



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Crises as Catalysts for Transformation

Fall 2020 | virtual conference

Join us this fall for a virtual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference - Crises as Catalysts for Transformation: 2020’s Impact on Higher Education and Enrollment.

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March 28 - 31, 2021 | National Harbor, MD

AACRAO’s Annual Meeting is our largest convening of higher education professionals from around the world. Join more than 2,000 administrators in person or online as we work to address the issues facing today’s campuses, share goals and guidelines for meeting those challenges, and provide a forum for learning and sharing experiences.

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