DEA- Represent every community with a school in NunavutKerri- Project ManagerMark-Film makerBecky- Bilingual NarratorNaullaq- HeatherWe are committed to helping build capacity of Inuit researchers, also worked closely with In-community researchers and support.
This is a very important time for Inuit Education in Canada. In bringing government, educational juristrctions and Inuit organizations together, from across the four Inuit regions, ITK has formed a national committee working towards implementing changes in education outline in the National strategy.
When researching on High school education in Nunavut, the first thing we are confronted with are the statistics. Graduation: 1. Nunavut Graduation rates remain the lowest in Canada for Aboriginalstudents. Current graduation rates hoverbetween2. In recent years, some positive change is taking place, the percentage of students graduating has increased. Attendance: However, attendance rates are very low. Kindergarten attendance rates are 80%, to put that into perspective that means a child misses one day of class each and every week. Overall attendance in 2010-2011 (across all grades, all regions) = 70.3%This is very important to note. By the time a student reaches grade 12, they would have missed 3 years of class (due to cumulative absence through the years)
-The current research is based on a larger 4 year study of high school education in Nunavut.-Goal of research is to identify practices, strategies and actions, that contribute to improvements in educational outcomes of high school students in Nunavut -10-year historical and statistical Case studies of high schools in Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Rankin Inlet, and Kugluktuk-First phase of project the focus was on how Inuit principals in Pang and Clyde changed the conditions of a school, to foster student success. -The next phase of the project, the current research we shifted focus to respond to a key priority of our partner. Nunavut DEA coalition members were so pleased with the first bilingual documentary video we released and but wanted to know, “What are the young people saying about education?”
The research team travelled to 3 Nunavut communities, where we strong in-community support from UPEI master of Education graduates and students. Including Adriana Kusugak who was our in commmunity support person in Rankin.-Pang in the Baffin Region (Qikitani) -Rankin Inlet in the Kivalliq-Kugluktuk in the Kitikmeot
Interviewed 12 women and 7 men from across the territory.-Aged between 17-25-Educational backgrounds ranging from still in HS or left HS without completing, up through to some university
Strong culture, language & academic programs: The need for strong language programs to help keep the language vibrant, strong cultural programs to help students learn skills necessary to survive on the land, Strong academic programs to prepare students for post secondary educationFamily Support: Young people express the importance that Grandparents and parents have on education. Family need to work to support students academically.Student engagement: Peers can have an impact on student’s experiences in high school. Young people may feel that peers disengagement from school may have held them back. Caring and effective teachers: Teachers who care about students both academically and PERSONALLY, can make a difference for students. Teachers can motivate young people to stay in school..Post secondary: Participants who had attended post secondary expressed the shock they experienced, and how they felt high school had left them unprepared academically. TheirryRodan has been working specifiically on access to post-secondary educationHope for change: While young people expressed both their struggles and successes, they remained confident that education can and will change for the future of generations of Nunavut.
The title of the current research is “Stepping Forward”. _Strong young people in Nunavut have stepped forward to openly and honestly share their experiences.-They have told their stories in the hopes that someone will Listen and will Learn. -It is now up to us, to translate these stories into actions- To step forward together to find solutions and work towards continuing to improve education.
ArcticNet Scientific Meeting: Dr. Fiona Walton Plenary 2012
Alluriarniq Stepping Forward:
Youth Perspectives on Education
1)University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada; 2) Beachwalker Films, Charlottetown, Canada;
3) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 4) Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
A. McAuley1, K. Wheatley1, D. O’Leary1 , M. Sandiford2, H. McGregor3, R.
Partners & Research Team
National Strategy on Inuit Education
Too many of our children are not
attending school, too few are
graduating, and even some of our
graduates are not equipped with an
education that fully meets the
This is the greatest social policy
challenge of our time. Some 56% of
our population is under the age of
25, so improving educational
outcomes is imperative.
Education in Nunavut
Graduation Rates 1999-2011
Attendance Rates by Grade
(2001/02 through 2010/11 school years)
IQ and the
Education in Nunavut
Inuit Principals and
Youth PerspectivesPriority of
ArcticNet funded Project
Alluriarniq Stepping Forward
Full documentary in English or Inuktitut:
YouTube: Stepping Forward-English
ISUMA TV: Alluriarniq- Stepping Forward
All photos by Kerri Wheatley and Mark Sandiford