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.
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.
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.