February 13, 2017 — Teachers, principals, researchers and education leaders from across Inuit Nunangat are in Nain, Nunatsiavut, this week for an Inuit Education Forum hosted by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Nunatsiavut Government and the University of Winnipeg designed to explore the complexity of successful schools.

The gathering builds on ITK’s Forum on Research in Inuit Education held in Iqaluit in 2013, and is part of a joint ArcticNet, ITK and University of Winnipeg research project looking at the foundations of student persistence and success, and how student achievement is being assessed. The forum brings together innovators who have developed and adapted materials, assessment tools and interventions to meet the needs of Inuit learners.

“The vision of ITK’s National Strategy on Inuit Education is to graduate bilingual Inuit children ready to succeed in life without compromising our language or culture to do so. By investing in our educators, and giving them space to share their expertise and learn from one another, we are using our Inuit expertise to lay the groundwork for improved outcomes in our schools and our students,” said ITK President Natan Obed, Chair of ITK’s National Committee on Inuit Education.

“The Nunatsiavut Government is pleased to be able to host this forum, and to welcome delegates to our region. I am confident the outcomes will help to advance strategies for increased student success rates in Nunatsiavut and, indeed, throughout Inuit Nunangat,” said Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe.