Inuit org plans big boost to Inuktitut literacy this year

QIA to distribute literacy package to all kindergarten kids in the region

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association will distribute literacy packages to all kindergarten kids in the Qikiqtani region this year. (Photo courtesy of QIA)

By Nunatsiaq News

Thanks to a new project from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, each kindergarten pupil in the Qikiqtani region will get a package of goodies this year that’s aimed at encouraging family literacy.

The family literacy effort is part of a QIA program called Ipitiki, which focuses on early learning and childcare.

“The family literacy initiative aims to encourage more Inuktitut speaking within homes, where both children and parents/guardians can enjoy fun activities while learning new Inuktitut words and phrases,” QIA said in a news release.

The package includes:

  • An Ipitiki backpack
  • An activity booklet
  • Daily activity cards
  • Inuktitut syllabic cards
  • A CD of Inuktitut children’s songs
  • Home vocabulary stickers
  • Inuktitut books

“I’m excited about this program because it pushes forward QIA’s commitment to early childhood learning and provides real tools for families to keep Inuktitut strong in their home,” QIA President P.J. Akeeagok said in the release.

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Education is helping out with the family literacy project, which will include materials created with the help of Inhabit Media.

More projects will be rolled out later this year under the Ipitiki program, QIA said.

They include:

  • Governance training for daycare boards.
  • A daycare managers conference.
  • An elders in daycare pilot project.

The Ipitiki program is funded through the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp., which handles a $175-million fund created by the 2015 lawsuit settlement agreement between Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the federal government.

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(1) Comment:

  1. Posted by Peter on

    Its too bad the GN doesnt do much more for Inuktitut for Nunavut, its no wonder the state of education is so low, we dont have the teachers from Nunavut, we dont have a Inuktitut curriculum, we don’t have much material or teaching resources for Inuktitut.
    Having someone that can speak Inuktitut and have the dame mind set to teach you would greatly improve education for Nunavut. But for some reason the GN and department of education has failed Nunavut. Improve on these things and you will see a huge improvement in our education in Nunavut. It should not be based on an Alberta curriculum, instead a curriculum that works for Nunavut. That way we have confident Inuit that can go beyond and above. Right now it is controlled too much from outside Nunavut and the vision is not there.

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