URFDEMIA activities have been mainly developed in response to problems encountered during teacher training and training program management. The preferred approach is a collaborative one that aims to help local communities take over development of education of their young people.
In collaboration with the communities, URFDEMIA members are deepening the educational issues that arise from the community. Teaching, curriculum and language training are three important components of research. In fact, the ancestral language suffers from significant and threatening deteriorations in its survival, in contact with English and French. For this reason, the Unit’s research and development activities aim to support the strengthening of Inuktitut and First Nations languages.
In collaboration with the communities, the members of URFDEMIA’s work contribute to the objectives of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche et d’études autochtones (CIERA) education axis since its creation in 2003. Teacher training, language issues, and the practice of teachers as actors in the bilingual curriculum are the main research and development objectives in progress.
Professors Yvonne da Silveira and Gisèle Maheux, respectively Associate Resercher and Emeritus Researcher to CIERA, have worked as co-researchers in the Association de recherche université-communauté (ARUC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) titled : Yawenda : la revitalisation de la langue huronne-wendat (2007-2012) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The principal investigator is Louis-Jacques Dorais, from Laval University in partnership with the Wendake School Director and the First Nations Education Council (FNEC).
Our research and founding partners
Fonds de recherche, société et culture Québec (FRQSC)
Funding title : Le développement de stratégies de travail communautaires et intercommunautaires: une réponse à un besoin exprimé par des communautés inuit du Nunavik
The ongoing partnership between URFDEMIA (UQAT) and the Catholic University of Temuco since 1997 and the recent collaboration with the Department of Education Sciences of the University of Bio Bio allows for a most enriching intercultural and interuniversity exchange.Here are our guests:
Héctor Torres Cuevas, professor - Education Sciences Department , University of Bío-Bío.
Segundo Enrique Quintriqueo Millán, professor - Education Sciences Department , University of Bío-Bío , Universidad Catolica de Temuco (UCT).
Katerin Elizabeth Arias Ortega, Education Ph.D. student, Universidad Catolica de Temuco (UCT).
Ursiq is a ring at the end of a dog harness that pulls the sled. It connects the harness’ reins to the sled (nuvviti). In the past, it was made from bearded seals’ skin, and now, they use nylon rope. It is resistant and very strong, so that it can pull heavy loads. The website URSIQ brings Nunavik teacher’s ideas together to empower our teachers and students to succeed.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
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