Inuksuk High School graduate Jakob Anilniliak plans to move to British Columbia and pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter. After working for a year, the high school graduate will pack his bags to go south to develop his skills as a firefighter and receive medical training.

Inuksuk High School graduate Jakob Anilnibiak proudly poses with his diploma and a congratulatory card from his parents. photo courtesy of Jakob Anilnibiak

Anilniliak said high school has changed his life forever. He credits his teachers, classmates and especially his parents for the positive experience.

“(At) the beginning of high school, I wasn’t even able to read and write or even consider trying my best to accomplish my goals for the future … but with all their help they changed that,” said Anilniliak.

“I’ve always struggled with English for so many years and it’s always been a challenge for me learning about it in class,” he added.

“I feel like I accomplished a lot, but I still feel like I could have accomplished more in my time at school,” Anilniliak said.

As a graduate he said feels proud of himself and is now thinking of a future that will one day allow him to utilize his skills and accomplishments in Nunavut.

“I’d like to come back to my home in Iqaluit and try working with my father as a firefighter,” he said.

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Rajnesh Sharma

Rajnesh Sharma is a Canadian journalist, who has extensively travelled the world to experience various cultures. She has lived and worked internationally over the past decade, meeting and interviewing...