Practices Against Culture that "Work" in Nunavut Schools: Problematizing two common practices

Paul Berger, Junita Ross Epp

Abstract


Practices exist in Nunavut schools that were reported by Qallunaat (non-Inuit) teachers in Berger’s (2001) study to “work,᾿ but that seem to be against historical Inuit culture. In this paper we discuss dangers in using such practices in schools that already erode Inuit culture, and also reasons to consider their use, then investigate strict discipline codes, and the use of praise and rewards. We recommend true Inuit control for good decisions about whether to adopt these practices.

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