Authors: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Collection: Research Materials
The National Strategy on Inuit Education is the result of an initiative launched in 2006. At that time, data suggested that about 75 per cent of Inuit children were not completing high school, and many who did graduate found that their skills and knowledge didn’t compare to those of their non-Aboriginal counterparts.
The national strategy sets out a number of core investments in Inuit education intended to achieve three broad goals: offering support to children to help them stay in school; providing a bilingual curriculum to achieve literacy in the Inuit language and at least one of Canada’s official languages, and learning resources that are relevant to the Inuit culture, history and worldview; and increasing the number of education leaders and bilingual educators in schools and early childhood programs.
In addition to these three broad goals, the strategy includes recommendations to address several other issues in Inuit education. These include developing a standardized writing system for the Inuit language; establishing a university that focuses on Inuit studies; and setting up a national research and performance monitoring body.
The authors of the national strategy also recommend the creation of an Inuit education secretariat advised by the National Committee on Inuit Education.