Inuit org plans big boost to Inuktitut literacy this year
QIA to distribute literacy package to all kindergarten kids in the region
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.
- 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.