NDMS is hiring!

We are hiring for a full-time position: PROJECT INSTRUCTOR

The Project Instructor will deliver Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society’s (NDMS) job readiness curriculum through the Tunnganarniq Training Centre for persons living with a disability. The successful candidate will be required to conduct job readiness and job search workshops to motivate participants and help them develop the skills needed to secure employment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and prepare training materials and lesson plans.
  • Administer and interpret approved aptitude and proficiency tests including an ILP according to prescribed procedures.
  • Provide job coaching and job search assistance.
  • Provide classroom instruction to participants in computer literacy, job search techniques, life skills, money management, job retention strategies, pre-vocational/career transition opportunities and one-on-one tutoring.
  • Use classroom instruction and group participation activities to assist program participants in learning basic math, reading, writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar.
  • Develop teaching outlines and select and/or design appropriate instructional materials
  • Develop individual participant assessment based on participant’s performance and reports on participant progress.
  • Provide individual tutoring related to individual needs in areas of basic skills, vocational exploration, goal setting, and problem-solving.
  • Conduct needs assessment through formal and informal evaluation.
  • Recruit, engage, instruct and retain participants and co-op placement.
  • Participate in employer engagement events including seeking co-op placements for participants.
  • Maintain detailed records, and complete regular reports as per prescribed deadline.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working with people with disabilities.
  • Experience working in a formal classroom setting considered an asset.
  • Expert people person, comfortable mentoring and developing skills in others.
  • Good decision-making skills and the ability to think critically.
  • Report writing an asset including: weekly reports, grants, proposals, and tenders.
  • Proficiency with Email, Internet, Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to communicate in English is required, and ability to communicate in Inuktitut and/or French considered an asset

Location: Iqaluit, NU
Date of commencement: September 5, 2017
Deadline: August 28, 2017
Priority Hiring: Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries.

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to:
Nicole Diakite, Executive Director, via email, mail, or fax.
Email: Nicole@nuability.ca
Mailing Address: PO Box 4212, Iqaluit, NU X0A 1H0
Phone: 867-979-2228
Fax: 867-979-2293

We are hiring for a full-time position: HEAD CHEF

The HEAD CHEF is the manager of the Inclusion Café, Food Centre and catering operations.

This is a hands-on management and chef position in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Experience working with people living with disabilities is an important asset

  • Salary: $90,000 (Includes Northern Allowance)
    • Date of commencement: April 2017
    • Please submit your letter of interest and resume to: Nalini Vaddapalli at PO Box 4212, Iqaluit, NU X0A 1H0;

867-979-2228, fax 867-979-2293

To deliver on the job training for people living with disabilities; schedule and manage staff and volunteers,

manage financials and provide support for public and media relations. Must have an appreciation for the Inclusion Café’s community mission and how this sets us apart in the market place. Willing to jump in and help in all aspects of operations.

Experience living and working in the Arctic is preferred.

Additional Skills Train staff in preparation, cooking and handling of food; Maintain records of food costs, consumption, sales and inventory; Analyze operating costs and other data; Prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances; Requisition food and kitchen supplies; Prepare and cook food on a regular basis, or for special guests or functions; Prepare and cook meals or specialty foods

Work Setting Catering firm; Cafeteria
Security and Safety Criminal record check
Work Site Environment Wet/damp; Noisy; Odours; Hot; Cold/refrigerated; Non-smoking
Transportation/Travel Information Valid driver’s licence
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities Fast-paced environment; Work under pressure; Handling heavy loads; Physically demanding; Attention to detail; Combination of sitting, standing, walking; Standing for extended periods; Bending, crouching, kneeling; Tight deadlines
Ability to Supervise Staff in various areas of responsibility; 16-20 people
Work Location Information Relocation costs not covered by employer
Ranks of Chefs Head chef
Food Specialties Vegetables, fruits, nuts and mushrooms; Stocks, soups and sauces; Meat, poultry and game; Fish and seafood; Eggs and dairy; Bakery goods and desserts
Chefs and Specialist Chefs Specific Skills Create new recipes; Prepare and cook complete meals and specialty foods for events such as banquets; Instruct cooks in preparation, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food; Supervise cooks and other kitchen staff
Personal Suitability Initiative; Effective interpersonal skills; Flexibility; Team player; Excellent oral communication; Dependability; Reliability; Organized

“I wanted my son to live, and… Nunavut couldn’t help me do that.”


One thing we at NDMS have consistently heard from Nunavummiut is the need for better access to services and professionals. The barriers preventing better access to services for Nunavummiut are well known, from a lack of professionals in the territory to the remote locations of communities and the high cost of travel. But the time has come for the GN to take the lead on overcoming these barriers and provide more funding for mental health care and professional services. While the situation regarding access to mental health programs and counselling or the expertise of occupational therapists, audiologists, and physical therapists in Iqaluit is less than ideal, the situation in Nunavut’s other communities can be quite dire. During a community visit to Pangnirtung last year, a father in the community told us how his young son, who needs assistive devices in order to be mobile, could only see a physical therapist for 30 minutes every six months – barely enough time to say hello and take off one’s coat and boots! For some families, such as Mandy Sammurtok and her teenage son, the only option in a time of crisis is to leave the territory to access the more robust services down south. For Sammurtok, this decision meant leaving her job as a lawyer in Rankin Inlet as well as her friends and family, so that her son could get treatment for PTSD. As Sammurtok said in a recent CBC feature, “We should be able to be home. I should be able to work and my son should be able to get help.”

Aint’ Nuthin’ but an ASL Thing Baby!

For the deaf, sign language interpreters can bring artistic performances to life. In order to convey the meaning behind songs and stage shows properly, sign language interpreters often use their whole bodies to help express an artist’s vision. Check out this video of ASL interpreter Holly Maniatty at a recent Snoop Dogg show as she shakes it like a polaroid picture. A great example of how we all do better when everyone is included!

Disabilities and the Arts


This weekend, there were a couple of interesting articles on representations of disability in the arts on CBC. In the first piece, writer Stephanie vanKampen looks at a couple of recent productions on stage and screen that tackled the topic of disability: Stella Meghie’s film Everything, Everything and Chris Abraham’s play The Boy in the Moon. Yet while both works address disability, the results are problematic as disability is either used (and then left aside) as a plot device, or is hidden and covered up. These problems can appear when people with disabilities aren’t given the opportunity to represent themselves. Check out this article for more information.

In contrast, Paul Hunter and Marie Claudet take a look at Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s mixed media installation Infinity Mirrors, which is currently wrapping up an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Gallery in Washington D.C. and will be coming to the AGO in Toronto next year. Kusama has been living with mental illness for decades, and has been risiding in a psychiatric hospital since the 1970s. She uses art to represent her mental illness and the way she sees the world, calling her stunning, visually dazzling installations “translated hallucinations.” Instead of the cultural appropriation displayed in the works discussed by vanKampen, Kusama’s original and beautiful art is an authentic, powerful, and innovative representation of disability. Check out this article for more information and some pictures of Kusama’s work

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the new website for the Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society! Embodying the IQ value of tunnganarniq, we strive to foster good spirits for all Nunavummiut by being open, welcoming, and INCLUSIVE!

With this updated website, we’ll be better able to keep people updated on our activities and engage with Nunavummiut on matters of disability. Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to build this site, with the aim to make it your one-stop-spot for information to benefit people with disabilities in the territory. Check in for all the latest news on our projects and programs. Visit our resources section for information on grants and supports for people with disabilities. And if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.