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The Department of Human Resources is the primary advisor to the Government of Nunavut (GN) on all human resources matters. The department ensures that specific human-resource development goals, objectives and priorities of the government are achieved. The department is a central agency that works within a structure that assists all other departments and public bodies within the GN.

The fundamental roles of the Department of Human Resources are set out by the Public Service Act (PSA). This Act assigns to the Minister of Human Resources specific powers and responsibilities.

The department plays a lead role in providing guidance and direction in the development of human resource strategies for the GN. Key departmental responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of government-wide Inuit employment initiatives, supporting the government in fulfilling its obligation under Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement.
  • Providing leadership in the development and delivery of effective and responsive human resources policies, programs, practices and services.
  • Developing and maintaining effective and responsive human resource policies for the Government of Nunavut, with an emphasis on Inuit employment.
  • Updating, maintaining, drafting and publishing the Government of Nunavut’s Human Resource Manual.
  • Enhancing Inuit representation in the public service by supporting departments and public bodies in the development and implementation of their Inuit Employment plans.
  • Providing leadership in strategic recruitment, in particular initiatives that tend to increase Inuit employment.
  • Providing quality learning opportunities and training programs that will enhance the skills, knowledge and abilities of the public service.
  • Providing leadership and coordination for training and development activities at the regional and community level.
  • Promoting and ensuring compliance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Managing a fair and transparent recruitment and staffing process.
  • Providing excellence in the quality and timeliness of advice and services to government departments on all recruitment and staffing matters.
  • Providing leadership and guidance reflecting Inuit values in the administration of workplace wellness programming.
  • Developing employee relations processes that support and work toward enhancing Inuit representation in the government.
  • Providing timely and accurate job evaluation services to support recruitment for all government departments, and public bodies.