UPEI offers first-ever graduate-level course in Inuktitut
As a result of a thriving partnership between the University of Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Education and the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Education, UPEI recently launched “Education Leadership: Engaging Nunavut Parents, Elders, and Community” – the university’s first graduate course taught exclusively in the Inuktitut language.
With a focus on developing cooperative partnerships with leaders who guide education in Nunavut, the course is just one of five that make up the curriculum for the Certificate in Educational Leadership (Nunavut) at UPEI. Not only does the course actively seek to keep the Inuit language alive, it also prepares students with the culturally based knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be effective leaders in Nunavut.
By honouring Nunavut culture and incorporating traditional Inuit ways of knowing into its teaching methods, UPEI is demonstrating the benefits of cross-cultural learning, celebrating diversity and advancing reconciliation on their campus.