inuksuk: sharing experiences of nunavut
In an effort to bridge the gap between north and south, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board made a commitment five years ago to learn about Inuit culture and it has evolved into a passion and a privilege that we are still nurturing. Both students and educators have had several opportunities to travel from the south to visit Nunavut and experience a first-hand glimpse of the northern landscape, the people and culture. We have compiled experiences from several learning excursions to the Arctic and created an iBook, Inuksuk: Sharing Experiences of Nunavut, which focuses on what we have learned, relationships we have formed and knowledge acquired about Inuit culture. Join us as we explore this interactive learning tool and discuss how it will benefit both students and educators as a starting point to initiate learning about Inuit culture and the north. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore our iBook as we will have several iPads available for use during the workshop presentation.
Mary Ellen Gucciardi is the Academic Consultant for Equity and Inclusive Education with a focus on First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Studies. She is passionate about her work as an ally, and works with Indigenous leaders and elders to ensure that an accurate history and perspective is taught with a focus on experiential learning and oral tradition. Recently, she was a producer for two documentary films about learning excursions to the arctic: On the Land and Iqaluit Dawn. She was part of a Teacher Learning Leadership project sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education, which focused on inspiring teachers to teach First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies. Mary Ellen has presented the findings from this research at several educational conferences in Canada and abroad, including: Awasis Education Conference, Ontario School Counsellors Conference, and the World Indigenous Conference for Education. She was a teacher supervisor for the 2014 Students on Ice expedition to the arctic and was recently the project lead in developing an iBook about Inuit culture based on experiences in the north.