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 recommended. 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 Nunavut. 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 bags: - 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 apartment - 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.