12 September 2012 – Education Programs, Nunavut Arctic College, has, as part of its mandate, an expectation that it make efforts to preserve and promote the Inuktitut Language. We take this role very seriously.
Last year, President Michael Shouldice, suggested that divisions within Nunavut Arctic College regularly peruse student evaluations and commentary on course offerings. In doing so we readily found that there was student concern that pertained to the delivery of Inuktitut and Culture courses. These concerns related to the dialects and understanding of the cultural dynamic that exists in various communities and regions.
Consequently, Education Programs, via the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), began a process of seeking trained and experienced Inuit Educators who could address the needs of the students entrusted to our care. We have been quite successful in our quest.
The following Inuit Educators have accepted Inuktitut / Cultural Instructor roles in their communities:
Gjoa Haven: Mariam Aglukkaq
Taloyoak: Mary Eetoolook and Kublu Tucktoo
Rankin Inlet: Nellie Kusugak
Hall Beach: Goretti Morgan
As well we have the following regular instructors in the assigned communities:
Baker Lake: Eva Noah
Iqaluit: Ooraima Holland
We will be naming a new Inuktitut instructor in Arviat in the coming weeks.