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Pinnguaq Association supports the acquisition and application of digital skills beyond the direct delivery of programming. We work to facilitate mentorship and internship opportunities leading to networking and employment opportunities. In addition to this, we work to provide free technology tools (laptops and other devices) to individuals who may not otherwise have access to such tools.

Computers for Success Nunavut

Computers for Success Nunavut (CFSN) delivers hundreds of computers to communities across Nunavut every year, through the national program Computers for Success (CFS).

Computers for Success Nunavut (CFSN) is administered by Pinnguaq Association with support from the entire CFS network across Canada – as well as the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Computers for Success Canada (CFSC). CFSN works to make computers available to any Nunavummiut or Nunavut-based organizations that require them, with a special focus on combining the work of the CFSN program with the work of Pinnguaq’s programming currently being developed in the territory.

Digital Skills for Youth

The Pinnguaq Association was selected by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to act as a delivery organization for the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) internship program. The program is designed to help underemployed youth gain meaningful work experience and the digital skills needed to successfully transition and participate in the new digital economy.

DS4Y is part of the government’s Youth Employment Strategy and aligns with the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs. Through this program, over 1,200 underemployed post-secondary graduates will be paired with small businesses or not-for-profit organizations to learn the in-demand digital and problem-solving skills required by today’s employer.

The Pinnguaq Association will recruit and support employers for internship placements throughout Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon – focusing on supporting Indigenous youth enter the workforce. Internships under the DS4Y program will be available until March 31, 2020.

Digital Skills for Youth is a non-repayable contribution program delivered under the Career Focus (CF) stream of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). The Pinnguaq Association is an approved recipient of the Digital Skills for Youth program.