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“There’s No Book and There’s No Guide”: The Expressed Needs of Qallunaat Educators in Nunavut

Author(s): Paul Berger | Juanita Ross Epp

Journal: Brock Education : a Journal of Educational Research and Practice
ISSN 1183-1189

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2005;
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Non-Inuit educators in five communities in Nunavut expressed frustration about the lack of culturally relevant curriculum and resources, the unsuitability of these materials for students whose first language is Inuktitut, and their own lack of ability to teach Inuit students effectively. Although these are symptomatic of larger problems, we recommend that the Nunavut Department of Education prioritize the creation of culturally relevant, ESL-sensitive curriculum and resources, institute an orientation to Inuit culture for all non-Inuit teachers, and provide regular inservicing to help them teach Inuit students effectively.
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