Ilitaqsiniq Inu-vation runs as a thread through all our programs. We create safe spaces where healing and learning go hand in hand and where connections and relationships to each other, our culture and the land are rejuvenated. Participants are able to learn the skills they might not yet have been given an opportunity to master on their own. With kindness and compassion, our Inuit program staff and Elders guide participants to (re)build their skills and confidence, so they feel prepared to continue to provide and care for their families and their community. Participants are supported in their own personal journeys of learning, self-discovery and building their sense of identity, and equipped for the next steps on their journey.
Inuit ways of learning are different from western approaches to learning and education. Ilitaqsiniq programs embrace observation, hands-on experiential learning and storytelling. In this way, we seek to recreate our traditional ways of transmitting knowledge. Everyone involved, whether instructor or student, have something to teach and something to learn. They work together to determine their goals and to evaluate their own progress and success. Success may mean enrolling in further training and formal learning opportunities, moving on to higher-skilled jobs, or increasing their engagement and healthy participation in family and community life.