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The National Strategy on Inuit Education responds to the urgent need to support children and help them stay in school.
In 2012 ITK opened the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education with the mandate to implement the National Strategy on Inuit Education. The Centre addresses issues that will help to close the opportunity gap between Inuit youth and other Canadians.
Our vision is to graduate bilingual Inuit children with the skills and knowledge to contribute with pride and confidence to the 21st century.
10 Core Investments
Developing Leaders in Inuit Education
Improving outcomes in Inuit education must be anchored by a comprehensive investment in leadership development.
Investing in Early Years
Access to quality, culturally relevant early childhood education sets the standard for better education outcomes by creating expectations of success for children and for those parents who are being introduced to the education system for the first time.
Increasing the Number of Bilingual Educators and Programs
A new era in Inuit education must be founded on a system of bilingual education supported by bilingual educators and effective bilingual programs.
Improving Services to Students Who Require Additional Support
Access to services that diagnose and support students who require additional support has lagged far behind demand in Inuit regions. Addressing the needs of these students requires the collaborative support of multiple health and social service interventions.
Establishing a Unified Inuit Language Writing System
Key to a new era in bilingual education is the ability to produce, publish and distribute common Inuit language materials. A standardized Inuit language writing system with common grammar, spelling and terminology, may facilitate the production of these materials.
Establishing a University in Inuit Nunangat
An Inuit Nunangat University will build research capacity, expand post-secondary opportunities relevant to northerners, foster a more robust civil society and space for critical development and inquiry, and act as an economic and cultural engine.
Strengthening K-12 by Investing in Inuit-Centred Curriculum and Languages
For Inuit students to fully engage in bilingual education, meaningful and relevant curriculum needs to be in place, supported by useful teaching and learning resources.
Increasing Success in Post-Secondary Education
Inuit participation in post-secondary education must increase. Information on what paths Inuit are taking to post-secondary education, how Inuit are doing in these programs, what programs are most successful, and where gaps exist would facilitate the development of successful postsecondary programs.
These core investments are intended to achieve three broad goals
Support children with services to help them to stay in school and graduate.
Providing a bilingual curriculum to achieve literacy in the Inuit language and at least one of Canada’s official languages. Provide learning resources that are relevant to the Inuit culture, history, and worldview.
Increasing the number of education leaders and bilingual educators in our schools and early childhood programs.
ITK would like to thank the following partners for their support in the implementation of the National Strategy on Inuit Education