The research mandate of Ilitaqsiniq-NLC is focused on three areas:

Literacy and language

Ilitaqsiniq-NLC has done considerable research over the last few years into the links between first language acquisition and literacy development. Studies have shown that a strong foundation in an individual’s mother tongue best supports the development of advanced language skills later in life. Learn about the Atatittiniq and Strengthening Our Communities projects


Ilitaqsiniq research has identified low literacy levels as a barrier to employment for many Nunavut youth. We continue to research ways to engage youth in learning and literacy development. Embedding literacy development in non-formal settings holds great promise. Learn about the Miqqut Project


Ilitaqsiniq-NLC has partnered with NWT Literacy Council to conduct research into workplace and workforce literacy. This grew out of increasing demand on the literacy councils to provide  resources to educators, governments, and businesses on literacy and basic skills in the workplace. We are now exploring the best ways to deliver workplace education in the Nunavut context. Learn about the Workplace Learning and Essential Skills Project


Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills


Ilitaqsiniq-NLC has partnered with the NWT Literacy Council and Yukon Literacy Coalition to create the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES). NALES will build on the inspiring work done at the Made in the North Policy and Practices Exchange, in October 2012. We will share knowledge and resources, foster local innovation and research, and support a literacy and essential skills network across Canada's North. Learn more at