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					Preparing to come North:

    The staff at your future school will be the most valuable resource that you
     will have in gathering information on your living conditions before you
     arrive in your community. Make contact with your principal; ask
     questions. Aside from the principal, make contact with a teacher or
     teaching couple at your future school; gather as much information as
     possible before you come.

      You should seriously consider ordering your canned, dry, and frozen
food, along with toiletries and cleaning supplies on a sealift. A sealift is a boat
that delivers food and supplies to the communities in the summer. For the
Qikiqtani (Baffin) region, orders are placed through companies in Montreal. For
the Kivalliq region, orders are placed either through Montreal or Winnipeg. For
the Kitikmeot region, orders are placed through Edmonton, Yellowknife, or Hay
River. Ordering for sealifts usually has to be done by the end of May. Sealifts are
a great idea: you will save money on items such as: canned, dry, and frozen
foods, bottled juices and soft drinks, as well as cleaning supplies and toiletries.

Food products and grocery orders from the Kivalliq and Qikiqtani regions can be
purchased from the following suppliers:

Marche D’Aoust             Marche Turenne              Arctic Consultants
Valleyfield, QC            Laval, QC                   Ville D’Anjou, QC
Tel. (450) 373-7347        Tel. 514-637-3231           Tel. (514) 353-3552

For the Kitikmeot region, your can order from the following companies:

Northern Store             Cash & Carry                The Grocery People
Hay River, NT              Enterprise, NT              Edmonton, AB

Tel. (867) 874-6545        Tel. (867) 984-3002        Tel. (780) 451-0882

If you decide to place a sealift order through one of the companies listed above,
be sure to ask them which boating company they use, and find out the delivery
cut-off dates.

    Find out about the availability of resources at your future school. Some
     schools are better equipped with resources than others; it is suggested that
     you pack any teaching resources that you have gathered. They will be
     handy for when you come to Nunavut.
 A Removals Officer/Coordinator will contact you and assign you an
  apartment before you leave. Once you receive your house number (there
  are no street addresses in most communities), from the Removals Officer,
  call your school and ask your principal if you can speak to a teacher who
  lives close to your newly assigned apartment. He/She will be able to give
  you detailed information and tips about your accommodations.

There is a shortage of government housing in many communities throughout
Nunavut. If you are coming to Nunavut by yourself, you may be asked if you
would be willing to share your accommodation.

 Find out if satellite television works in your community. If you choose to
  have a satellite, purchase it down south and have the moving company
  pack it for you. When you order your satellite, make sure that you order
  the largest size dish. In some communities, Bell ExpressVu works better,
  and in other communities, Starchoice is the best. Ask about which product
  works best in your community.

 Appropriate clothing is essential. The weather in all communities in
  Nunavut can be mild and damp in the summer, chilly and wet in the fall
  and spring, and cold, harsh, and unpredictable in the winter. Although
  you will be able to purchase clothing after you arrive in your community,
  you will save money if you purchase them before you leave your
  hometown. It is suggested that, for the winter months, you should buy a
  WARM parka (Canada Goose parkas are a quality brand) with a fur-
  trimmed hood, boots with wool liners that are rated at –60oC or lower,
  (Sorel is a good brand), snow pants, mittens (although you can buy
  snowmobile mittens, the best mittens are the ones that are made of animal
  skins and furs. The Inuit are great at making clothing. If you do not find a
  pair that you feel will meet your needs in stores, wait until you come up
  north and have an Inuk make you a pair of mittens), hats, thermal
  underwear, and ski goggles. It is suggested that you bring insulated
  rubber boots for the fall and spring and a raincoat. In many communities,
  there is an abundance of sunlight in the spring and summer months. A
  pair of sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays are strongly

 During the winter months, the air can become very dry, so you may wish
  to bring a humidifier with you for your apartment. You may want to bring
  a good hand moisturizer, too.

 Traveling in and around communities is done mainly by snowmobile in
  the winter and spring and ATV in the summer and fall. Owning these
   vehicles would be an incredible asset if you intend to travel on the land to
   camp, hunt, fish, or explore. It is highly recommended that you purchase
   them down south, where you will save money.

 If you enjoy working out (running, weightlifting, or using stationary
  equipment), be sure to purchase your equipment before you come up
  north. There are very little opportunities to run on a treadmill or use a
  stationary bike in communities, and shipping one up after you arrive
  would be expensive.

 Become familiar with the Collective Agreement. Find out the rules about
  sick leave, special leave, as well as other important information. Each
  school has a Local Receiving Officer (LRO); find out whom that person is
  at your school. (S)he can be a great resource for you in this area.

 You will receive a package of forms that will need to be filled out and
  signed. These include important things such as your dental and
  eyewear/prescription plan, supplementary death benefit forms, direct
  deposit form, teacher certification application, and a travel claim expense
  form. Be sure to fill out the forms (except the travel expense claim form)
  before you leave to ensure that everything is in place before you go to

 A moving company will contact you and come to your house to pack your
  personal effects. You do not have to pack your belongings yourself. There
  is a strong possibility that you will not receive your moved items until
  after you have arrived in your community. In addition to the two pieces
  of luggage that you can bring, you are allowed to bring six pieces of
  excess baggage when you first come up, for a total of eight pieces of
  luggage. It is strongly suggested that you pack the following in those 6

      -   all of your outdoor summer and fall clothing (ie. wind pants, jacket,
          raincoat, sunglasses, fall boots, rubber boots, hat, mittens,)
      -   clean bedding and a pillow
      -   towels, facecloths, dish towels, curtains, etc.
      -   a large supply of comfortable clothing, as well as clothes that you
          would wear to work. Every day is casual day at work in Nunavut:
          sweaters, jeans, and tracksuits are acceptable teaching attire.
      -   pots and pans, a juice jug, coffee maker, cups, plates, bowls, a can
          opener, and some utensils.
      -   a good book or two, a deck of cards, and a board game.
      -   toiletry items such as shampoo, toothbrush, soap, and toilet paper.
         -   cleaning supplies, such as dish and laundry detergent, for your
         -   the food store in your community may not be open when you
             arrive. You should bring a supply of dry and canned food, some
             powdered milk (if you plan on having cereal the morning after you
             arrive), several bottles of water, and some juice crystals.
         -   any classroom and or teacher resources that you feel will be
             necessary in the first few weeks of school
         -   anything else that you will need to make living the most enjoyable
             while you are waiting for your boxes to arrive.

You will pay for these bags up front, and then get reimbursed. Be sure to hang
on to all of your receipts.

    You are entitled to a per diem everyday, up to three days, that you are in
     transit from your hometown to your new community. Hang on to all of
     your receipts from when you leave your hometown to when you arrive in
     your community.