Today, a school principal working in Taloyoak, population 810, wrote in to the paper in response to the article I posted here yesterday about using Inuit languages as the language of instruction. She has spent quite a bit of time making Inuktitut instruction happen – and has seen quite a bit of success.
Her thoughts on the feasability and possibility and positive outcomes of teaching in Inuktitut are well worth your time to read…the gist is that the benefits go far beyond the students. More Inuit receive teacher training. Students are connected to their community because they are connected to their culture. They succeed in two languages, instead of just one.
These are the kinds of things that need to happen elsewhere – and not only in our school systems.
These are also the kinds of things that feed my optimism for the territory.