NEXTT: Northern Excellence Today & Tomorrow

Inuit Nunangat, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
Children & Youth, Education & Learning, Skills development

As a unique and growing region, the Canadian North offers a wealth of opportunities for young people across the North to assume meaningful roles in a broad range of areas and industries in both the public and private sectors. However, youth in many northern communities face a host of challenges that limit their access to education and training options. NEXTT, a team of secondary and post-secondary educators and administrators, youth organization leaders, and youth ambassadors from Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon, will develop an accessible network of resource tools and activities to encourage youth to graduate high school and provide young people across the North with the knowledge, skills and competencies to make decisions about their career and education.

(Note that this project was a Finalist prior to 2017, when the current 3-tiered prize model was put in place. Their nomination therefore does not correspond to a particular category.)

Nominator: Mary Ellen Thomas
Nunavut Research Institute
Rebecca Bisson, Executive Director, Northern Youth Abroad (Team Leader), Boris Eyakfwo, Jim Snider, Janelle Wilson, Jonathan Holmes, Kevin Iksiktaaryuk, Kristen Sawyers, Lois Philipp, Patricia MacNeil, Topsy Banksland