Educators Guide

The database resources of Inuit artwork and elders' interviews can are a substantial resource in for the promotion of the principles and values of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in teaching/learning contexts of Nunavut. This educators' guide contains:

Elders' Kiviuq Database

Film-maker John Houston began his quest to create a film about Kiviuq by video-interviewing, in November 2004, Elders across Nunavut, resulting in 100 hours of footage. Some Elders shared what they remembered of the legend of Kiviuq for the first time in decades, since missionaries had banned the sharing of the teaching story. The footage of the Elders who informed John's film Kiviuq, released in Winter 2007 is shared in this searchable database.

Learners can search the elder's database using keywords, elders' names, community name or any other relevant term appropriate to their research or learning activities.

The Inuit Carvings and Prints Database

The Houston North Gallery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, has a large collection of Inuit carvings. 86 carvings that have been digitally photographed, some using 360 degree photography, are searchable on this database. Also provided in this guide is a complete listing of the individual artists' names, gender, birthdates, community of residence, title of work, year created, and dimensions of the artwork.

The Houston North Gallery also has a large collection of Inuit prints. 96 prints have been digitally photographed and are searchable on this database. A complete listing is provided in this guide of each print and each carving according to the year created and title as well as the artist's community, birth date and gender (see Appendices A & B).

Learners can search the carvings and prints databases using keywords of the title or by using the keyword of 'carving' or 'print' in order to separate the two collections as a starting point.

Guiding Principles and Values of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

Principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

Pijitsirarniq: Concept of serving

The concept of serving is central to the Inuit style of leadership as is the measure of the maturity and wisdom of an Inuk. Key here is the understanding that each person has a contribution to make and is a valued contributor to his/her community. Students will be expected to demonstrate this kind of leadership and commitment to serving the common good.

Aajiiqatigiingniq: Consensus-Decision Making

The concept of consensus decision-making relies on strong communication skills and a strong belief in shared goals. All students are expected to become contributing members of their community and to participate actively in building the strength of Inuit in Nunavut. Being able to think and act collaboratively, to assist with the development of shared understandings, to resolve conflict in consensus-building ways, and to consult respecting various perspectives and worldviews, are expectations that cross all curriculum areas.

Pilimmaksarniq: Concept of Skills and Knowledge Acquisition

The concept of skills and knowledge acquisition and capacity building is central to the success of Inuit in a harsh environment. Building personal capacity in Inuit ways of knowing and doing are key expectations for students. Demonstrating empowerment to lead a successful and productive life, that is respectful of all, is a powerful end goal of our educational system.

Qanuqtuurungnarniq: Concept of Being Resourceful to Solve Problems

The concept of being resourceful to solve problems, through innovative and creative use of resources and demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in response to a rapidly changing world, are strengths all our students should develop. Resourcefulness should be demonstrated in all learning and also thinking that seeks to improve the context in which Inuit live.

Piliriqatigiingniq: Concept of Collaborative Relationship or Working Together for a Common Purpose

The concept of developing collaborative relationships and working together for a common purpose. The essential Inuit belief that stresses the importance of the group over the individual should pervade all our teaching. Expectations for students will reflect working for the common good, collaboration, shared leadership and volunteerism. Piliriqatigiingniq also sets expectations for supportive behaviour development, strong relationship-building and consensus-building.

Avatimik Kamattiarniq: Concept of Environmental Stewardship

The concept of environmental stewardship stresses the key relationship Inuit have with the world in which they live. Students will be expected to articulate respect for this mutually interdependent relationship and to demonstrate responsible behaviors that seek to improve and protect the relationship in ways that meet global challenges to environmental wellness.

Connection Values:

Work Values:

Coping Values:

Additional Resources for Learning Outcomes:

Suggested Learning Activities:

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