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New to the NWT Educators' Conference 

2020-2021 School Year

August 18 - 20, 2020

The August 18-20, 2020 New to the NWT Educators’ Conference (N2NEC) has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The current Northwest Territories Public Health Order in effect (Emerging Wisely, Phase 2) does not allow for indoor gatherings of more than 25 persons or outdoor gatherings of more than 50 persons.  The N2NEC event typically gathers 80 persons (participants, facilitators and staff) each August for three days.


The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is working, along with education bodies to provide other supports to newly hired educators’ during their 14 days of self-isolation in one of the four hub communities (Fort Smith, Hay River, Yellowknife or Inuvik). 


Prospective NWT Educators!

Planning for Year five of the New to the NWT Educators' Conference is well underway! The dates for this unique opportunity are August 20, 21 and 22, 2019 in Yellowknife, NT. All costs for new hires to attend this event before starting their new positions will be covered by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (program, travel, accommodation and meals). Please revisit this page as often as you wish to investigate past programs and review new information as the event draws near.

If you are a new NWT hire for the 2019-20 school year, your hiring Education Authority (school board) will provide your name and contact info to Colleen Eckert, Coordinator at the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) in Yellowknife. Colleen will contact you to confirm if you are able to attend the "New to the NWT" Educators' Conference and to ensure that you have a reserved hotel room in our block booking and confirm that travel is arranged. Those attending the N2NEC will have a four night stay in Yellowknife to attend the conference and investigate the capital city. All lunches and nutritional breaks will be provided during the conference and all other meal per diems will be paid out after the conference through a claim process. Your hotel room and taxes will be paid directly by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Your hotel stay will be at the Chateau Nova, a central and well appointed hotel located in downtown area of Yellowknife.

The Purpose of N2NEC

Better prepare new NWT educators with background knowledge and experiences about NWT citizens and their learning conditions

Enable new NWT educators to be participants in NWT Education Renewal

Begin the development of supportive structures for professional well-being such as teacher networks, learning opportunities, etc.

No Cost to you...

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) encourages you to attend the 2019 New to the NWT Educators’ Conference or N2NEC.  This supportive and collegial learning experience is provided to all newly hired NWT educators at no personal cost! 

Transportation and 4 nights stay at a well appointed hotel will be arranged for you and paid for on your behalf.

We’d love to meet you, welcome you and support you prior to the start of your school year

More info on teaching and living in the NWT

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging teaching experience in a unique setting, come and teach in Canada’s Northwest Territories!


Living in the Northwest Territories is unlike any other location across Canada. Residents across the north are friendly and welcoming.  We enjoy a relaxed, culturally rich lifestyle and have the most spectacular natural scenery.

In the NWT, there is always something to keep you busy and there are a myriad of activities to choose from.  If you enjoy being outdoors there are activities such as cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, canoeing, and hiking. If you are more of an indoor person, activities for adults and students such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, hockey, pottery, quilting and traditional arts and crafts are options in many communities throughout the NWT.


The NWT strives to provide all students with the best education for them to seize opportunities for success in the path they choose. The NWT also aims to help educators work together, have positive working environments, and opportunities to learn and grow. When students and teachers are well and when they work in positive, supporting learning environments, the community benefits. Schools can be places where all community members grow, learn, and share together.


Teaching and living in the North can offer you:

  • Life experience - more than just teaching;

  • Iconic Canadian experiences - northern lights, ice roads, hunting, ice fishing and more;

  •  Well-supported employer in-service opportunities including a yearly Professional Development allocation;

  • The best educator salaries in Canada and membership in defined benefit pension plans;

  • Endless possibilities for career advancement, diversified teaching, on-the-land and outdoor education; and

  • Cutting edge practice that includes a focus on Indigenous education, competency-based curriculum and inquiry based learning; as well as student and teacher wellness and self-regulation.


Colleen Eckert

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Braden Holick

"Supporting northern professionals is a very key initiative in the overall renewal across the NWT."

“I found this conference very useful coming as new teachers to the north…. a lot of stuff I didn’t know…”

“Not only was this a valuable opportunity to network with others but also a chance to flesh out the expectations of where we are going…”

“I planned to stay for just one year…I fell in love with the country, the people, and culture, and stayed…and now the north is my home.”

Supporting Northern Teachers
Reflections from N2NEC 2015
Welcome from the NWTTA

Contact Us

Operations & Development

Education, Culture and Employment

P.O Box 1320

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9


(867) 767-9353 Ext. 71262


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