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Early Childhood Education Program launches Film Project in Iqaluit

Left to right, ECE Instructors Myna Ishulutak and Shiloh Minor lead the ECE Diploma students through an Inuit game representation. Left to right, ECE Instructors Myna Ishulutak and Shiloh Minor lead the ECE Diploma students through an Inuit game representation.

The Education Programs division of Nunavut Arctic College is taking a new approach to curriculum development and delivery as it pertains to Early Childhood Education. We are achieving this through what we have designated as the ECE Film Project.

We believe it is important that our Early Childhood Education program develop Inuit and Nunavut-specific teaching and learning resources that are, ideally, interactive and visual. Our students in both the Diploma and the Applied programs represent all regions and dialects and in order for them all to understand the Inuit language content it is best if they are produced as audio-visual materials rather than solely written resources as these are far more effective in communicating ideas and language to various dialects.

Most of our students are fluent speakers of Inuktitut but there is wide disparity in Inuktitut literacy levels.  As well it is very difficult to teach Inuit language games, songs, stories and activities without audio-visual resources.

Between January and March, the ECE Film Project will produce a series of short videos of:

  • Nunavut infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their caregivers demonstrating Inuit language development
  • Inuit childcare providers creating Inuit-cultural activities and environments
  • Inuit-language games, songs and play in a group setting
  • Inuit-cultural outdoors activities
  • Inuit Elder lectures

All the film footage will be taken by professional filmmaker Vincent Desrosiers, formerly of the CBC. Upon completion of the project, it will all be turned over to Nunavut Arctic College for ECE program use.

Below are some pictures from the ECE Film Project.

The students present for the ECE Film Project.

ECE Film Project filmmaker Vincent Desrosiers.

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