Mark Sandiford and Kerri Wheatley recently returned from research visits to three Nunavut communities to gather data for the ArcticNet research on the Transformation of High School Education in Nunavut.
On February 9, 2012 Mark and Kerri travelled to Pangnirtung. While in the community, Mark offered a hands-on filmmaking workshop where the basics of planning, filming and editing a scene were explored. To encourage the participants to continue filming, a small camcorder and microphone kit was donated to the Youth Council. Following the workshop, five youth were interviewed on their experiences related to education.
The Piliriqatigiinniq Teachers’ Conference, held February 13-17, 2012, provided an important venue for a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) workshop drawing together Inuit educators interested in leadership in education. A keynote address offered by Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, to 500 Conference participants set the tone by stressing the importance of educators working closely with parents and community members to overcome the legacy of colonization and residential school trauma, along with introducing the National Strategy on Inuit Education to the audience.