For New Members
This section of the NTA site is intended for our new members. If you are new to Nunavut or moving to a new community you will find helpful information under Where We Teach. You will also find orientation materials for each of the school regions in the links bellow:
YOUR PROFFESSIONAL TEACHER ASSOCIATION
The Nunavut Teachers Association, or NTA, is the negotiating and representative organization for teachers, vice-principals, principals, and RSO and TLC coordinators in Nunavut. With its central office located in Iqaluit, the role of the NTA is to ensure that members' rights and benefits, under the existing Collective Agreement and other legislation, are advocated and protected. Eight elected officers (president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and five regional presidents) make up the decision-making body known as the Central Executive. The Central Executive reports to the Central Council, the overall elected governing body of the NTA. The president, who is the only full-time, non-teaching executive member, oversees the day-to-day operations of the NTA. Along with the president, the NTA employs a full-time Executive Director and a part-time Executive Assistant.
The NTA is made up of five regions: South Qikiqtani, North Qikiqtani, Central Qikiqtani, Kivalliq and the Kitikmeot. Below is a list of communities within each of these regions:
|South Qikiqtani:||Sanikiluaq, Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Iqaluit, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Clyde River|
|North Qikiqtani:||Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Igloolik, Hall Beach, Resolute Bay, Grise Fjord|
|Central Qikiqtani:||Iqaluit, Apex|
|Kivalliq:||Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Repulse Bay, Baker Lake|
|Kitikmeot:||Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay)|
Each of these regions has a regional executive. There are no local executives associated with the NTA. Every school in Nunavut has a School Representative. The School Rep. is a contact for the NTA in each school. He/She passes on information or updates coming from the central office in Iqaluit to their staff. You should find out who is the School Representative of your future school, and make contact with them; this person can assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
The current Collective Agreement between the NTA and Government of Nunavut is set to expire in June 2009. Negotiations for a new contract are currently on-going between the two organizations. Please take the time to review the current document, and look for a copy of the new Collective Agreement after it has been negotiated.
The Federation has a number of standing committees:
|Curriculum||Status of Women|
|Public Relations||Health and Safety|
You are encouraged to get involved in the NTA; if you are interested in serving on one of the above committees, or being the School Representative at your school after you arrive, please contact the Federation's Central Office in Iqaluit at (867) 979-0750, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
All teachers in Nunavut must take part in professional improvement activities in order to maintain their certification. Aside from protecting its members, the NTA is very active in promoting and encouraging professional improvement. Through the Nunavut Professional Improvement Committee, on which two NTA members sit, members have the resources of a Professional Improvement Coordinator and Professional Improvement Fund Administrator. With Article 16 of the current Collective Agreement, all NTA members are eligible to apply for short-term assistance to complete non-credit certificate, distance, and university courses. As well, each NTA member is entitled to five professional improvement days in an academic year.
Each school has a Professional Improvement Liaison that acts as a resource person for professional improvement. Please see the PI Liaison at your school or call the NTA PI Coordinator for specific details, regulations, and limitations on what you can access in regards to professional improvement.