Sivumut — Towards the Future Together
Inuit Women Educational Leaders in Nunavut and Nunavik
Edited by Fiona Walton, Darlene O'Leary
This unique collection features auto-ethnographical essays by nine Inuit women educators who were part of the inaugural cohort of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Nunavut Master of Education program, which offered Nunavut’s first graduate-level degree for Inuit educators.These essays provide important first-hand perspectives on Inuit education, reflecting upon the dramatic changes that have taken place in the Eastern Arctic over the past fifty years. The chapters offer insight into both the effects of colonialism and the efforts to build a new educational system grounded in Inuit culture, values, and traditions.Inuit voices have yet to be heard within education scholarship in Canada, making this volume a significant contribution to the literature. This anthology will also be of interest to students of Indigenous and Arctic studies, sociology, and anthropology.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroduction, Fiona Walton and Darlene O’Leary, EditorsChapter 1: Uqaujjuusiat: Gifts of Words of Advice: Schooling, Education, and Leadership in Baffin Island, Naullaq ArnaquqChapter 2: Overcoming Intergenerational Trauma: Identity and Reconciliation, Monica IttusardjuatChapter 3: The Impact of Relocation on My Family and My Identity as an Inuk Educational Leader, Saa PitsiulakChapter 4: Arctic Cotton and the Stratified Identity of an Inuk Educational Leader, Maggie KuniliusieChapter 5: Piniaqsarniq: Practice to Achieve, Maggie PutulikChapter 6: Learning through Tunnganarniq, Nunia Qanatsiaq AnoeeChapter 7: A Lifelong Passion for Learning and Teaching Inuktut, Jeela Palluq-CloutierChapter 8: Strengthening Young Inuit Male Identity, Becky TootooChapter 9: Reflections of an Emerging Inuit Educational Leader, Mary Joanne KaukiContributor Biographies
"These Inuit women, all superb storytellers, weave together the histories and current realities of their people and communities. Asking important questions and expressing honest emotions, the women vividly share their experiences as educational leaders who teach curriculum that is true to their identities and cultures. Such rich stories of themselves and their families not only depict struggles and sacrifices, but also immeasurable courage and resiliency as they retell Inuit history through a decolonizing lens. This is a book that highlights the power of writing to heal and transform both the writer and the reader." — Cyndy Baskin, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
"This book should be required reading for scholars of indigenous education, especially in Canada, but also around the world. This book gives the reader tremendous insight into the Inuit past, but more importantly it outlines some of the steps which have led to the proprietorship of education that the Inuit have strongly made claim to. Their on-going efforts, the triumphs and the missteps both, should be studied, evaluated, and reported on for the benefit of indigenous people everywhere who wish to reclaim their own history, develop their own education plan, adopt their own best practices, and tap into Sivumut, towards the future together."
— Boni Thompson, Faculty of Education, York University
"Sivumut is a powerful and compelling collection, beautifully written and edited. It is illuminated by the insights and frankness of the authors, a unique generation of educational leaders and scholars. This book is a landmark, an important documentation of the experiences of their generation. . . . I will be using it in courses for many years to come, and I am sure others will as well. It deserves a very wide readership and will interest all of those who would like to learn more about Nunavut and Nunavummiut. This is a triumph for all of the authors!"
—Frances Abele, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
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