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Inuit Studies Program

Inuit miksaanut ilinniaqataujumavit? Atii! Pinasualirit!

Inuit Studies emphasizes more traditional aspects of language and culture which are being lost in the modern world and explores these in relation to the contemporary situation of the Inuit.  The social, economic and political conditions of the Inuit will also be studied, and will lead to an increased awareness of unique and important aspects of Inuit language and culture. The majority of courses in Inuit Studies are delivered in Inuktitut. Students successfully completing this option will be fully fluent and literate in Inuktitut and will have syllabic keyboarding skills.

Employment Opportunities

Students successfully completing the program will be able to find work as IQ coordinators, researchers in Inuit language and culture, cultural instructors in elementary and high schools, policy advisors at government departments such as CLEY, adult literacy instructors, and Inuktitut as second language instructors. Some graduates of the program have continued their studies and have gone on to graduate from the Akitsiraq Law Program, the Social Work Program and the Teacher Education Program among others.

Program Eligibility

Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:

  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or take appropriate Arctic College placement exams with acceptable scores
  • Submit a letter of interest explaining why applicant wishes to enter the program
  • Submit three letters of reference
  • Demonstrate both oral and written fluency in in English and Inuktitut

Applicants without the educational qualifications who are 19 years of age or older may be accepted

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to this program based on program eligibility requirements and applicant assessment results.

Applicant Assessment

Students will be required to write an English/Inuktitut language proficiency test;

Personal suitability will be assessed through an interview with program personnel;

All applicants are subject to review by the eligibility requirements and applicant assessment results.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to this program based on program eligibility requirements and applicant assessment results.

Sample Courses

Inuit Studies

1st year: 4 core courses & 6 optional courses =  Certificate

2nd year: 2 core courses & 8 optional courses =   Diploma

Certificate Year:

027-108 Inuktitut Phonology and Morphology
027-110 Inuktitut Writing Lab
027-102 Computer Technology for Inuktitut
027-204 Research Methods

Diploma Year:

027-204 Research Methods
027-210 Morphology and Syntax
012-320 Introduction to Inuit Studies
027-212 Language Change
037-214 Language in Inuit Society
027-213 Dialectology

I – Linguistics

027-212 Language Change
037-214 Language in Inuit Society
027-213 Dialectology

II – Oral Traditions

037-101 Introduction to the Oral Tradition
037-206 Methods of Social Control
037-210 Inuit Cosmology
020-105 Child Rearing Practices
020-106 Traditional Health Practices
037-313 Living and Surviving on the Land
037-114 Transition to Christianity
037-213 Dreams and Dream Interpretation

III – Environment & Technology

022-080 Wilderness Travel Survival Search & Rescue
037-103 Skin Preparation & Clothing Design
037-303 Skin/Fur Design & Pattern Making
037-306 Skin/Fur Garment & Accessory Construction
037-104 Cultural & Traditional Technology
022-260 Anthropology & Archaeology
012-301 Ecological Features of the Natural Environment
037-304 Traditional & Small Tool Construction

IV – Arts & Culture

037-102 Music of the Inuit
424-162 Inuit Art History
012-314 Inuit Literature 1
012-315 Inuit Literature 2
037-112 Inuit in Film 1
037-115 Inuit in Film 2

V – Policy in Administration

037-191 Northern Government
031-293 Public Issues in Nunavut Land Claims I
027-226 Land Claim History & Negotiations
012-315 Inuit Literature 2
037-112 Inuit in Film 1
037-115 Inuit in Film 2

VI – Research

020-107 Special Topics in Inuit Studies
012-311 Special Topics in Inuktitut
037-311 Directed Study
012-314 Inuit Literature I
012-315 Inuit Literature 2
037-115 Inuit in Film 2

Funding and Financial Assistance for Students

Students may be eligible for funding from FANS (Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students) or  from Kakivak Association. When you are filling out your application for Nunavut Arctic College, fill out your application for funding at the same time. You have to send the funding application directly to the one you are applying for.

Where to Apply

All application forms can be obtained from your Nunavut Arctic College Community Learning Centres.

Send your applications to Nunavut Arctic College Registrar.

Fax: (867) 979-7103

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Click here to download course outline for this program (PDF).

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