For New Members
YOUR PROFESSIONAL TEACHER ASSOCIATION
The Nunavut Teachers Association, or NTA, is the negotiating and representative organization for teachers, administrators, RSO consultants, and some 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 for and protected.
Nine elected officers (president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, inuit member at large, 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 an Executive Director, a Member Services Administrator, PD Staff and an Executive Assistant.
The NTA is made up of five regions: South Qikiqtani, North Qikiqtani, Central Qikiqtani, Kivalliq and Kitikmeot. Below is a list of communities within each of these regions:
|South Qikiqtani:||Sanikiluaq, Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Clyde River|
|North Qikiqtani:||Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Igloolik, Hall Beach, Resolute Bay, Grise Fiord|
|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|
Each of these regions has a regional executive consisting of a Regional President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, Member at Large, and Councillor(s) (if numbers warrant).
There are no local executives associated with the NTA. Every school in Nunavut has a School Representative. The School Representative is a contact for the NTA in each school. He/She passes on information or updates coming from the central office in Iqaluit, and from regional executive to the NTA members in their workplace, and also relays information from members to elected representatives and staff.
You should find out who is the School Representative for your future school, and make contact with them; this person can assist you with many questions or concerns that you may have.
The current Collective Agreement between the NTA and Government of Nunavut expired in June 2013, but it is the agreement we are still operating under while another agreement is being negotiated. 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 Association has a number of standing committees:
|Curriculum Support||Equity Issues|
You are encouraged to get involved in the NTA; if you are interested in serving on one of the above committees after you arrive, please contact the Association's Central Office in Iqaluit at (867) 979-0750 ext 226, or through e-mail at Terry@ntanu.ca.
There is a great deal of information about the Association in our By-law and Policy Book, published annually.
All teachers in Nunavut must take part in professional development activities in order to maintain their certification. Aside from protecting its members, the NTA is very active in promoting and encouraging professional development.
Through the Nunavut Professional Improvement Committee, on which two NTA members sit, all members have the resources of two Professional Improvement Coordinators and Professional Development Fund Administrator. Through Article 16 of the current Collective Agreement, all NTA members are eligible to apply for short-term assistance to complete a number of Professional Development Activities including distance ed courses, summer and intersession courses, Inuit language activities, and more.
As well, each NTA member participates in five professional development days in an academic year. PD days are either individual/ group planned, or in some years, there are regional or territorial conferences planned.
Each school has a Professional Development Liaison that acts as a resource person for professional development activity and funding information. Please see the PD Liaison at your school or call one of the NTA PI Coordinators for specific details, regulations, and limitations on what you can access in regards to professional development.