NCC’s Research, Education and Culture department to launch edu-kits in three pilot schools
The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) launched Ikupiatsik: The NunatuKavut Inuit Education Action Plan in February 2021. As part of this action plan, our Research, Education and Culture department have been working to assemble and pilot several education kits, or ‘edu-kits,’ in three of our NunatuKavut communities.
These edu-kits highlight animals and symbols that are reflective of the long-standing relationship that NunatuKavut Inuit have with our land, ice, and waters. These include:
- tigiganniak, fox
- nanuk, polar bear
- ukalik, rabbit
- puijik, seal
- inuksuk, to act in the capacity of a human
Each kit contains a postcard that provides facts and physical traits of the animal or symbol, information on its cultural significance to NunatuKavut Inuit, and also incorporates Inuttitut translations.
In recognizing the importance of crafting as a means of being culturally connected, there are several project options. From soapstone carvings, to beading, to sewing and more, these kits will generate conversations among youth about their shared culture and history while they learn new skills through hands-on tasks.
It is important to note that these initiatives will be available for more NCC schools in the future after we assess feedback from our pilot schools. Stay tuned for future announcements once we are ready to expand this initiative into other schools throughout NunatuKavut!
For background information on the Ikupiatsik initiative, please visit this page.