What is the project about?
Non-formal community-based cultural programs offer a unique opportunity to Nunavut adults and youth to develop literacy, language, and essential skills. Typically, non-formal programs operate with some degree of organization, maintaining the flexibility for participants to determine their own goals and evaluate their own progress and success. All participants, whether “instructor” or “student,” have something to teach and something to learn. In Nunavut, examples include land camps, community sewing programs, and traditional arts and tool-making programs. These programs recreate the informal and intergenerational learning characteristic of traditional knowledge transmission, though with their structure and organization they provide a bridge to more formal learning.