There is little doubt that the lack of literacy skills is a huge barrier to youth employment in Nunavut. It is also clear that many other barriers strongly affect whether or not youth successfully seek employment and reach their full potential in the cash economy or doing more traditional activities.
It is also clear that the barriers interact with one another and create a greater impact than if they each acted separately, in isolation. It’s important to recognize that the barriers – and the solutions – are interconnected, that there are cumulative effects.
The following action plan and recommendations give direction to employers, educators, governments, communities and the Nunavut Literacy Council. As stakeholders consider the recommendations and work to implement the actions it is important to take into account the cumulative nature of the barriers and the solutions, to work together to help extend positive employment opportunities to all Nunavut youth.