Supporting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in schools for student well-being and success in Inuit Nunangat
|Session Name||4.9 Challenges in Arctic education|
|Author(s)||Kathy Snow (Cape Breton University, Canada), Shelley Tulloch (University of Winnipeg, Canada), Melanie O'Gorman (University of Winnipeg, Canada)|
The well-being of Inuit youth is a priority for families, communities, schools, boards of education, governments, and Inuit organizations. In this original research funded by the ArcticNet Centre of Excellence and partnered with the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education, we documented the stories of Inuit students, parents, elders, teachers and community members that show how their schools are contributing to student wellness and success. In communities from each of the four Inuit regions in Canada (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut), we conducted over 100 interviews. We learned of educational interventions, community supports and a range of promising practices to support academic success and well being for Inuit youth, their teachers, and their communities. Thematic analysis reveals one of the keys to student persistence and well-being is Inuit identity development and the ability to navigate between Inuit societal values (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, IQ) and the expectations of the school system. In this presentation, we will share stories about how the integration of IQ in teaching practices and in the organization of schools and policy has impacted students, their parents and the school’s role in the community.
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