Inunnguiniq can be described as the process of making capable and contributing human beings. It is the process that ensures that a person has the values and beliefs to guide him or her in using skills for the common good. Inunnguiniq has been raised consistently by the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction as a foundation and solution for reducing poverty in Nunavut.
A parenting/childrearing program based on Inunnguiniq is currently unrolling across the territory. This 5-day training is co-taught with an elder, and includes hands-on opportunities to try some of the resources and activities that are shared with parents in Nunavut through this program. They are particularly useful for frontline staff, but are also relevant to policy and program managers. At the end of the 5-day workshop, participants will have:
- an increased understanding of Inunnguiniq concepts and principles
- an increased understanding of Inuit family relationships, naming practices, and attachments
- increased familiarity with songs and stories passed down over generations, which are used to convey the Inunnguiniq messages to children and parents
- an increased familiarity with print and digital resources that are currently available and can be used to enhance Inunnguiniq among families
- hands-on practice with some of the activities that parents participate in during the program (applied learning)
- an increased understanding of the importance of food sharing and country foods, as well as having the opportunity to cook and share food together at the workshop on the last day.
Registration priority is given to Family Services staff.