In partnership with Regroupment Québécois des organismes pour le développement de l’employabilité (RQuODE), CERIC will fund a new guide to assist those working with Inuit clientele in Montreal and Nunavik (Northern Quebec). The guide is to be available in both English and French.

Although grounded in the development of skills conducive to employability, the reference guide will equip a variety of career practitioners who work with Inuit clients. Customized to the Inuit clientele, the reference guide differs from existing generalist tools and closes a gap in terms of intervention with this population.

In the 2011 census, 59,445 people stated that they were Inuit, about 4.2% of Canada’s Aboriginal population. With the youngest population of the three Aboriginal groups, in Canada, the median age of Inuit people is 23 years old, 18 years younger than the median age of the non-Aboriginal population.

Young Aboriginals are being called upon to take on a growing share of jobs available in the coming years. With its massive infrastructure work, tourism strategy and vocational training objectives, implementation of Quebec’s Plan Nord is increasing the need to integrate northern and Aboriginal populations into the job market.

CERIC provides funding and other support to develop innovative career development resources. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit project proposals for career counselling-related research or learning projects.