The culture in Nanavik is strong and although I think their culture should be even more prevalent in their schools it is great to see some level of integration.
ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑐᑦ – Inuktitut
Speaking Inuktitut is greatly valued and is the first language of most community members. Until grade 3 the students are taught exclusively in Inuktitut. When they enter school, students begin learning how to write in syllabic.
Culture and land survival class
As part of their curriculum students are shown traditional skills and land skills. The school has two great role models whom teach boy’s culture and girl’s culture. Through this, the school system has acknowledged the importance and the education potential of such activities.
The students are encouraged to take part in cultural activities and granted time to hunt during seasonal events such as the passing of the caribou herd and during goose migration.
This is valuable to their education. It is great to see the that the children are given the opportunity to experience the value of their culture inside the classroom as well as outside the classroom.