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Inuit Education and Schools in the Eastern Arctic

Since the mid-twentieth century, sustained contact between Inuit and newcomers has led to profound changes in education in the Eastern Arctic, including the experience of colonization and progress toward the re-establishment of traditional education in schools. Heather McGregor assesses developments in the history of education in four periods – the traditional, the colonial (1945-70), the territorial (1971-81), and the local (1982-99). She concludes that education is most successful when Inuit involvement and local control support a system reflecting Inuit culture and visions.

240 pages

Table of Contents


1 History of the Eastern Arctic: Foundations and Themes

2 Living and Learning on the Land: Inuit Education in the Traditional Period

3 Qallunaat Schooling: Assimilation in the Colonial Period

4 Educational Change: New Possibilities in the Territorial Period

5 Reclaiming the Schools: Inuit Involvement in the Local Period


Appendix: Inuit Qaujimajatuqanginnik (IQ) Guiding Principles




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