UPEI, government of Nunavut offering first graduate-level course taught in Inuktitut
UPEI’s Faculty of Education is partnering with the government of Nunavut’s department of education to offer the first graduate-level course to be taught exclusively in the Inuktitut language.
ED512 educational leadership: engaging Nunavut parents, elders and community focuses on the development of collaborative relationships, positive communication and empowerment of parents, elders and community members who lead, support and guide education in Nunavut.
The course, which is offered in Iqaluit, promotes collaboration and communication among the members of the community who support and guide education in the area, said Paul Quassa, Nunavut’s minister of education.
“We are also excited for the opportunity this course provides for students; accessing post-secondary education in Inuktitut is a necessary step in keeping the Inuit language alive.”
ED512 is one of five courses offered by UPEI and the department that make up the curriculum for the certificate in educational leadership (Nunavut), also known as CELN.
This is a noteworthy and exciting moment for education in Nunavut, said Rebecca Hainnu, one of the instructors of the ED512 course.
“This certificate will contribute to Inuit educators using Inuktitut as a language of instruction.”
Jane Preston, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at UPEI and the academic lead for CELN, said the program provides educators with the history, knowledge, attitudes and skills that embody culturallybased, effective school leadership.
Encompassing the unique language, culture and specialized knowledge of Inuit, the certificate is earned by completing five courses pertaining to effective school leadership in a Nunavut context.”
UPEI’s Faculty of Education has a long history working with educators in Nunavut. In July of 2009, 21 Inuit women were conferred with the Nunavut master of education in leadership and learning—the first graduate program offered exclusively in the territory. The program was offered in partnership with Nunavut’s Department of Education, St. Francis Xavier University and Nunavut Arctic College. UPEI previously ran a pilot graduatelevel course in Inuktitut a few years ago, and while it did not continue, it did lay important groundwork for this course within the CELN program.