Building Human Capacity Through Indigenous Teacher Education

Lead Author Kirk, Anderson
Institution Contact Faculty of Education Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, NL (Canada) A1B 3X8
Co-Authors Sylvia Moore Faculty of Education Labrador Institute Memorial University of Newfoundland 219 Hamilton River Road P.O. Box 490, Stn. B Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0 (Canada)
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.3 Teacher Education in the Arctic, sustainable schools, and relevant learning: Towards Social Justice and Inclusion
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text As part of its ongoing struggle for self-governance and ultimately control over education the former Labrador Inuit Association, now the Nunatsiavut Government, settled its land claim with both Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005. The land claim includes jurisdiction over education in the region. While the Nunatsiavut Government has not taken control of education system yet, it has enacted a series of innovative measures to lay the groundwork for a more effective and Inuit centric schools system.

The National Strategy on Inuit Education (2011) describes the vision for Inuit education. This includes education that is: founded on Inuit history, culture and worldview, restores the central role of the Inuit language, and is community-based. IBED Faculty work with Inuit Elders, community members, and educators, to determine how the teacher education will exemplify culturally relevant teaching in the areas of teaching resources, respecting local knowledge, incorporating the land as a source of learning, and the celebration of language as an integral part of education.

In 2011, the Faculty of Education and Indigenous partners within the province engaged in a series of discussions about related needs and aspirations. As a result in 2013, the Faculty of Education at Memorial University and the Ministry of Education for the Nunatsiavut Government in conjunction with MUN’s Labrador Institute developed a partnership to offer the Inuit Bachelor of Education (IBED). The IBED will prepare teachers to carry on the task of educating Inuit youth and to play a key role in Inuttitut language revitalization.

To paraphrase one of Memorial University Vice Presidents, he described the IBED after hearing a series of presentations on this and related topics: others are talking about what needs to be done, MUN’s Faculty of Education and Nunatsiavut Government are doing it!
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