Source: ArcticNet Annual Research Compendium (2011-12), F. Walton
Summary: The National Strategy on Inuit Education argues, “there is almost no data or evidence supporting any of the major policy shifts in Inuit education” (p. 90, National Committee on Inuit Education [NCIE] 2011). This mixed-methods research, conducted with partners at the Nunavut Department of Education and the Coalition of Nunavut District Education Authorities (CNDEA) in Nunavut, begins to create evidence of performance measures and factors that influence high school graduation in Nunavut, one of the highest priorities of both the Nunavut Government and the NCIE. The research establishes an approach to gathering longitudinal information on high school education and reveals practices that contribute to students’ ability to be successful.
The research offers support for legislative and policy changes within high school education in Nunavut. Data gathered in 2011-2012 from a cross section of Nunavut youth with diverse educational backgrounds was used to create a bilingual documentary video in Inuktitut and English, Alluriarniaq- Stepping Forward: Youth Perspectives on High School Education in Nunavut (Walton et al., 2013), which offers valuable insights about how high school education has affected the lives of Nunavut youth. The involvement of Inuit high school students and recent graduates as well as Inuit participants in the UPEI Master of Education and PhD in Educational Studies, builds research and leadership capacity within Nunavut. In addition, the ten year historical and statistical profiles of the high schools in Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Rankin Inlet and Kugluktuk reveal patterns and challenges related to educational outcomes and indicators at the high school level across Nunavut, data that was unavailable prior to this Arctic Net research (McGregor, 2011, 2012, 2013).