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Education Act

Nunavut’s Education Act governs all aspects of the education system from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including the design, administration, and operation of the territory’s education system.

It affirms the Department of Education’s commitment to quality, bilingual education for Nunavut students and outlines the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders such as teachers, principals, District Education Authorities, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut, and the Minister of Education, in the delivery of that commitment.

 

Education Act (2020)

On November 10, 2020, new amendments to the Education Act became law that ensured there is increased accountability in the territory’s education system; creates a better balance of roles and responsibilities; improves the implementation of inclusive education; addresses the need for Inuktut-speaking teachers; and increases consistency in the delivery of the education program across the territory.

Some of the key changes to the Education Act made by these amendments include:

  • Introducing a phased implementation of bilingual education.
  • Addressing the need for Inuktut speaking teachers to support the delivery of bilingual education by requiring the Minister of Education to develop a recruitment and retention strategy and to support Nunavut Arctic College with its Inuit Language teacher education programs.
  • Directing the development of consistent curriculum, resources, and assessments across Nunavut, ensuring that students in all three regions receive the same quality of education.
  • Increasing ministerial accountability through additional ministerial reporting requirements, including annual reporting on the implementation of the language on instruction and student assessments.
  • Clarifying Ministerial and District Education Authorities’ roles and responsibilities on the various parts of the education program.
  • Expanding the role of the Coalition of Nunavut District Education Authorities, and providing them further support and funding.
  • Streamlining the delivery of inclusive education by clearly defining and clarifying the roles of educators and school staff in supporting students with Individual Student Support Plans.

 

Below is information on the newly amended Education Act (2020), Bill 25, and the 2018-19 community consultations.

 

EDUCTION ACT (2020)

 

Education Act

Inuit Language Protection Act

Letter to the Editor – Nunatsiaq News by David Joanasie, Minister of Education

Letter to parents – Changes to the school calendar selection process from David Joanasie, Minister of Education

 

BILL 25 - AN ACT TO AMEND THE EDUCATION ACT AND THE INUIT LANGUAGE PROTECTION ACT

 

Transcripts for the Standing Committee on Legislation Review of Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act

Hon. David Joanasie, Opening Remarks for Standing Committee on Legislation – November 28, 2019

Strengthening Inclusive Education in Nunavut Schools: Department of Education Report for the Standing Committee on Legislation

Inuktut Language Arts / Language of Instruction Implementation: Department of Education Report for the Standing Committee on Legislation

Hon. David Joanasie, Opening Remarks for Standing Committee on Legislation – November 25, 2019

Public Hearings on Bill 25

Building on the Past, Guiding the Future: A User’s Guide to Bill 25

Bill 25 - An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act

Comparison between Bill 25 (2019) and Bill 37 (2017)

Education Act Introduction Press Conference

Invitation for Public Submissions: Bill 25

 

CHOOSING OUR PATH FORWARD: THE 2018-2019 EDUCATION ACT AND INUIT PROTECTION ACT CONSULTATIONS REPORT

 

Consultations Report

Consultations Report Summary

 

OUR GOALS FOR EDUCATION – 2018-19 Community Consultations

 

Backgrounder

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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