ITK launches Inuktut-language database for early learners
"Not all Inuit families have access to programs grounded in Inuit knowledge"
Inuktut-language teaching materials can be hard to come by — and no less in a pre-school environment.
That’s why Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami has launched an interactive digital library of English and Inuktut materials to help early childhood educators and families to better share their resources.
ITK officially launched the website Katiqsugat: Inuit Early Learning Resources Sept. 2, a central database that is home to a number of games, songs, craft ideas, research, child care policy and other resources for parents.
“We know that early childhood development lays the foundation for lifelong well-being and future learning. However, not all Inuit families have access to early-learning programs that are grounded in Inuit knowledge, emphasize traditional teachings, or promote the development of Inuit language skills,” said ITK president Terry Audla, who also chairs the National Committee on Inuit Education.
“Katiqsugat offers a way for Inuit to share our knowledge, and provides support to childcare centre staff and other professionals in communities that may not have training opportunities,” Audla said in a Sept. 2 release.
“It is a necessary first step toward assembling all existing Inuit-specific educational resources in order to identify and address gaps in early childhood education curriculum.”
Materials currently housed in Katiqsugat (Inuktitut for collection) come from different Inuit organizations and governments.
But the collection also encourages English and Inuktut-language contributions from educators, childcare centres and parents.
Copyright remains with the creator, ITK said, and licencing agreements are mindful of rights related to the respectful use of Inuit knowledge.
You can browse materials on Katiqsugat here.