Key Informants Perspectives on Education Success, Supports, and Barriers in Nunavut Education

Authors

  • Moriah Sallaffie Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
  • Jessica Penney Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
  • Maria Cherba University of Ottawa
  • Gwen K. Healey Akearok Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
  • Jean-Luc Ratel Université du Québec à Montréal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53967/cje-rce.v45i1.4805

Keywords:

Inuit education, Nunavut education, Indigenous post-secondary students

Abstract

In Nunavut, data for 2012–2014 shows a high school graduation rate of 34%. Little has been published about the causes of secondary students’ absenteeism and the methods for attracting students back to school. This study explored the barriers and supports to education success from the perspectives of school staff, students, and parents. Interviews and sharing circles were conducted with 141 participants in six communities. The results revealed barriers and supports in relation to the learning environment, staffing issues, and overarching system. Participants identified specific recommendations that can inform future policy and programming to improve attendance and graduation rates in Nunavut schools.

Author Biographies

Moriah Sallaffie, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

Research Associate, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

Jessica Penney, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

Research Associate, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre; PhD Researcher, University of Glasgow

Maria Cherba, University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa

Gwen K. Healey Akearok, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

Jean-Luc Ratel, Université du Québec à Montréal

Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, Department of Specialized Education and Training, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

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Published

2022-03-20

How to Cite

Sallaffie, M., Penney, J., Cherba, M., Healey Akearok, G. K., & Ratel, J.-L. (2022). Key Informants Perspectives on Education Success, Supports, and Barriers in Nunavut Education. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 45(1), 53–79. https://doi.org/10.53967/cje-rce.v45i1.4805