Qikiqtani Truth Commission materials added to Nunavut curriculum
Goal to educate children on historical events impacting Inuit of the Qikiqtani region: GN
Historical material from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission reports will be incorporated into Nunavut schools’ curriculum through a partnership between the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, an Education Department spokesperson says.
A team of educators and staff from both QIA and the Education Department will produce teaching guides, theme kits and student journals that educate children on historical events and decisions impacting Inuit of the Qikiqtani region, Education spokesperson Matthew Illaszewicz said in a news release.
The materials will be age-appropriate, span all grade levels and support implementation of the made-in-Nunavut curriculum development plan, he added.
“Our goal is to ensure Inuit culture, language and history are foundational in the educational programming for children from grades 1 through 12 in the Qikiqtani region,” Education Minister Pamela Gross said in a statement.
The plan also follows recommendations from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission’s final report in 2014, she said.
The content developed through the multi-year project will primarily be used to support and enrich social studies, Inuktut and English languages and health and wellness, Illaszewicz said.
It follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between QIA and the Department of Education, designed to find common goals of culturally reflective education with an emphasis on Inuit language learning.