Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and the Transformation of High School Education in Nunavut
"We need to get Inuit children into the classroom, and we need them to be successful, and to do this we must focus on innovative strategies that will fundamentally transform our education system." -- Mary Simon, Former National President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), 2009.
This is a time of change within the education system in Nunavut. The Government of Nunavut (GN) has passed legislation to create an environment favourable to change, including a new Education Act, an Inuit Language Protection Act and an Official Languages Act; all based on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), principles of learning that honour traditional Inuit knowledge. This legislation, and current policy, calls for innovation in the way curriculum and Inuit languages are taught in schools. In addition, the recent National Strategy on Inuit Education (2011) calls on Inuit to collaborate across geographical boundaries to change the future through education.
This research is part of a four-year ArcticNet funded project investigating high school education in Nunavut.
- Ten-year historical case studies of high schools in Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Rankin Inlet, and Kugluktuk
- Interviews with youth, teachers, staff, principals, District Educational Authority (DEA) members, parents and community members
- Documentary videos