Nunavut's premier and education minister says she is concerned about recent charges involving two teachers in the territory.

Eva Aariak is responding to sexual interference charges against an Iqaluit teacher, and sexual assault charges against a Kimmirut teacher.

The charges have not been proven in court.

However, Aariak says the allegations have shaken the trust between teachers and students. She says the Department of Education is taking the matters seriously.

Aariak says the Department of Education cannot comment on the charges, but she says the department is co-operating with the RCMP investigations.

She also urged any students to speak up if they ever feel they have been victimized.


Eva Aariak, Nunavut's Premier and Education Minister, says students and staff should never be afraid to come forward if they feel they have been victimized. (The Canadian Press)

"They should never be afraid to tell someone that they trust whenever they feel uncomfortable and feel that there is something wrong. So it's ensuring that the child or any student or staff member in the schools should not be afraid to tell someone," she said.

Aariak says the department will work closely with schools and district education authorities to rebuild confidence in the schools.

She says the department already has procedures in place to ensure a safe learning environment.