Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

June 16, 2011 13:32 ET

First Canadians, Canadians First: The National Strategy on Inuit Education

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today:

Today's release of the Inuit Education Strategy is an example of the value of education and partnerships, because working together is essential to making positive change happen.

We are very pleased to see Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), working with provincial and territorial partners, who have jurisdiction for elementary and secondary education, along with the federal government to propose a holistic approach to Inuit education. I would like to recognize their hard work.

The Strategy is aimed at supporting Inuit learners and focuses on ways to nurture Inuit learners from early childhood through adulthood. Improved education outcomes will have a positive effect on Inuit participation in the economy, and strengthening quality of life.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting economic prosperity for Northerners and believes that progress will be positively impacted by strong educational outcomes and collaboration among communities, provinces and territories to support Inuit student success. Together, we must continue to cultivate successful partnerships that will ensure Inuit students truly receive the quality education they deserve.

I look forward to ongoing discussions with ITK and my provincial and territorial partners in advancing the goals of this forward-looking strategy.

This statement is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    819-997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    819-953-1160