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Tunngaviliurniq Conference 2019

20 March 2019

Tunngaviliurniq Conference 2019


The Department of Education hosted the Tunngaviliurniq Conference on March 20 and 21, 2019 in Pangnirtung. At this conference, elders from the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Katimajiit gave their input on policy development. The goal of the conference was to draw on the knowledge of elders to gain better understanding about best practices relating to inclusive education, safe and caring schools and overall student success.

The Department firmly believes that elders play an important role as co-instructors and specialists in Nunavut education. Elders are already involved in cultural activities, traditional skill building, language promotion, safe and caring schools, and are role models of life-long learning.

The participating elders were selected from Department of Culture and Heritage’s Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Katimajiit (IQK). They are recognized as experts in Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) and their wisdom has been implemented throughout government and public agencies.

With Turaaqtavut guiding our work, we are ensuring that the relationship between elders and schools is strong, so that our students graduate with a firm identity and contribute positively to society.

IQK Elders that participated in the Tunngaviliurniq Conferences were:

Kigutikaajuk Shappa, Arctic Bay
Zeke Ejetsiak, Cape Dorset, Vice-Chairperson
Annie Tookalook, Sanikiluaq
Mary Kanayok Voisey, Whale Cove
Annie Napayok, Whale Cove
Jean Simailak, Baker Lake
Marie Anguti, Kugaaruk
Simon Qingnaqtuq, Taloyoak- Chairperson


What we heard

“Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is the foundation of the Government of Nunavut”

Elder Simon Qingatuq,Taloyoak


“I have always wanted to gain more Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit knowledge and see it used more in our books. Thank you to Alookie school for giving us the space in the gym.

We need to reach out to our Elders and to Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Katimajiit; we need their input pertaining to our books in Education.”

Mary Etuangat, Student Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator

“Our children will ask us who they are, where they come from. How can we pass on our knowledge to all our children?”

Mary Etuangat, Student Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator, to the IQK Elders


“I want to stress we are very proud of your work in our schools with our children. You are doing a big job, a very important job. We said to our children when they were in school before they graduated grade 12 and went on to further education to do your work in school because if you don’t there will be conflict between you and the teacher and that is what we want to avoid.”

Elder Kigutikaajuk Shappa, Arctic Bay


“I really enjoyed what Shamim said. She said something very significant. She said if our children have difficulty there are people we need to encourage them to call on for help. Even after they graduate.

One way to encourage our children, keep telling them we are proud of their efforts. Praise children so they can learn to have passion for their work. Teach compassion as they are growing up because we know that we are not always going to be around.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the choice to come among us and be teachers to our children because it is important for our children to complete their grade 12 and further their education.”

Mary Kanayok Voisey, Whale Cove