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Nunavummi Nunarjuattigut Illiniarniq [IPY]


Learning in Nunavut Through Our Earth Overview (2008 - 2011)

This project will develop educational resources (in communities and online) for Nunavummi Nunarjuattigut Ilinniarniq – Learning in Nunavut through our Earth. It will develop experiential and cultural learning opportunities throughout Nunavut by creating educational materials and curriculum, while also establishing the foundation for a collaborative online Atlas of Nunavut. Multiple teams will create specific learning units for various types and levels of education within Nunavut, including:

1. Nunavut Arctic College - place names and geographic knowledge in Arctic Bay;

2. Attagoyuk High School - sea ice changes, navigation, and survival skills in Pangnirtung; and,

3. Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre - technical support, training, and unified atlas framework development

The partnership of these three projects will maximize the educational potential of learning units, as well as online atlas development, to benefit school or college settings across Nunavut. Each of these teams is already working with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton University. They are at various stages of developing their own internet-based cybercartographic atlases. The GCRC is a facilitator to: i) support the sharing and development of resources across the project; ii) advance team goals through customized technical, creative, and logistical support; and, iii) provide a common foundation

– promoting best practices in management and interoperability of digital learning materials – for Nunavut-

wide learning and atlas initiatives for different ages and interests.

Emphasis is on the creation of educational resources that directly contribute to curriculum development and the use interactive multimedia web-based learning tools to help bridge classroom and on the land/ice experiential learning.

This project is lead by D. R. Fraser Taylor at the GCRC.

Gita Laidler is helping to coordinate the second component of this project, in collaboration with Cathy Lee, Principal of Attagoyuk Illisavik (High School).