Pirurvik – A Place to Grow: Early Childhood Education for Nunavummiut

Inuit Nunangat, Nunavut
Children & Youth, Education & Learning
$1 Million

Parents throughout Nunavut wanted an early childhood education program (ECE) that would be culturally relevant, rooted in Inunnguiniq and traditional child-rearing practices. They also wanted a program that would be responsive to the needs of their community. The Pirurvik – A Place to Grow project was awarded $1 million to change the lives of children throughout Nunavut by developing an innovative and comprehensive ECE program rooted in the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principal Pilimmaksarniq: the traditional practice of allowing children to learn at their own pace by following their own natural curiosity and choosing topics that interest them. The long-term goal is to augment current programming for infants and toddlers in seven communities across all three regions of Nunavut. The model could eventually be replicated throughout the territory.

Nominator: Adriana Kusugak
Executive Director, Nunavut Literacy Council
Tessa Lochhead and Karen Nutarak (Team Leaders), Raymee Angnetsiak, Ilisapi Haulli, Celina Kalluk, Leah Kippomee, Samantha Koonoo, Ceporah Mearns, Denica Nahogaloak, Julian Oyukuluk, Pauline Pauloosie, Noodloo Peter, Tannikie Peterloosie, Sandi Vincent-Connelly


Panel, Tlingit design
Artist: Blake Lepine