Aajiiqatigiinniq: An Institutional Relationship (E/SI)

April 24, 2023 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Stream: Advancing Indigenous Education
Location: 520 DEF

In August, 2018, Nunavut Arctic College, in conjunction with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Education and with support from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., issued a call for Expressions of Interest to eligible Canadian Universities to embark on a singular generational partnership with the expressed purpose of developing institutional capacity, supporting research collaboration that is reflective of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and increasing access to adult education that is reflective of the Inuit worldview for Nunavummiut in their traditional homeland. Ultimately, through a competitive selective process that included representatives from the Department of Education, Nunavut Arctic College, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador was selected as the unanimous choice as the most appropriate partner institution. Under the guidance of the Standing Partnership Committee and operating under a Memorandum of Understanding and a terms of relationship, the partnership has graduated the first cohort from the new Inuktut focused Nunavut Teacher Education Program, launched the delivery of Nunavut’s first Bachelor of Social Work program, and the creation of joint institutional parchments in English and Inuktitut. Furthermore, the two institutions are evaluating a further 3 bachelor-level articulation agreements and are engaged in a variety of capacity building and sharing projects.The presenters will provide an in-depth presentation on the partnership selection process, resulting series of negotiations, and eventual cultivation of this unique institutional relationship.

Jesse Jacobs, Director, Nunavut Arctic College-Memorial University Partnership, Marine Institute of Memorial University
Rebecca Mearns, President, Nunavut Arctic College
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4
Quality Education
Goal 17
Partnerships to achieve the Goal