Education and Skills Development

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Nunavummiut understand that improved educational outcomes are linked with greater success in the workforce and in society. Many expressed the hope that our education system will produce more graduates who can seamlessly transition into higher education, into the workforce, and into Inuit society.  

In addition, as the Inuit language is the mother tongue for the majority of Nunavummiut, Inuit language and literacy skills are a cross-cutting issue, critical to ensuring Nunavummiut have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to actively engage in society.

Our discussions about this theme conclude that to reach our vision of our communities free of poverty we must pursue the following goals and objectives:

A. The development of a comprehensive early childhood education plan

There is still foundational work that needs to be done to fully develop the early childhood education component of our educational continuum.

We will support the development of a comprehensive early childhood education plan, aimed at creating a territory-wide system complete with infrastructure, curricula, and human resources training and support.  

B. Increased support for parents

During community dialogues, many people talked about the foundational role parents play in the educational success of their children, and also discussed the many reasons why some parents have not fully engaged in their children’s education.

We will support the development and delivery of family literacy programs in the Inuit language and the development of family literacy resources and materials. In addition, we will support increased development and delivery of parenting programs and services.

C. Workforce development

During the public engagement process, participants spoke about barriers to career progression, mostly linked with a lack of academic credentials or training that would allow for advancement.

We will explore ways to support the development and delivery of more formal and informal workplace education, workplace mentoring, and workforce development programs. Also, we will support the development and delivery of programs that teach traditional skills in conjunction with oral language and literacy skills.