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Cambridge Bay Elders Share Their Views

Elders share their views with Human Services students in Cambridge Bay Elders share their views with Human Services students in Cambridge Bay Kevin McGill

Human Services Program students gathered the views of Cambridge Bay Elders recently on barriers to adult education.

The Elders attended an afternoon tea and discussed matters such as whether going away to school today is the same kind of situation as it had been in the past. Given the elders’ historical experience with education and their place in the community, students felt that the elders’ point of view was critical to understanding the issue and getting direction.

This event was the finale to a practicum experience which saw the students contacting all the communities in the Territory for input. The Human Services Program provides training to all Nunavummiut wishing to find jobs in such areas as counselling, community development, corrections, child welfare and justice.

The program has been relatively successful in attracting students from around the Territory to Cambridge Bay. However, like all college programs, the Human Services Program is always open to increasing student success. The elders’ input will be added to the student’s final report which will then be made available for future planning exercises.

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