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Akia (the other side) of Ilinnarvik (school) and the Inuit University Student
- Author / Creator
- Norma J. Dunning
This study examines the intricacies of southern resident Inuit post-secondary student life
in relation to education and the funding stream made available to them. The Inuit students are all
beneficiaries of land claims areas but are not residing inside the land claims area that recognizes
them as such. The post-secondary funding stream is used as a catalyst, the agent that demands
action from the Inuit students which in turn creates a series of resultant events. Among these
events is how Inuit in the south are perceived by the mainstream populations and the effects that
the perception has on Inuit identity.
Not only are post-secondary students involved in examining their educational process,
my study also examines how the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was created through the
experience of lawyer, John Merritt. Merritt has stayed with the Nunavut Land Claims
Agreement before it was birthed onto the nation of Canada and throughout its implementation.
Jason LeBlanc, is a southern Inuit service provider and Executive Director of Ottawa
Tungasuvvingat Inuit. He brings to light the effects that the northern land claims agreements
have on the burgeoning southern Inuit population. He also focuses attention on the constraints of
Canadian political processes that infringe on the supports that can be accessed.
Heather Igloliorte, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal shares some of the
harsh realities of being an Inuk academic inside of what should be the most apolitical space in
This study also contains the dilemmas of two Inuit post-secondary students who are
currently unable to complete their university education and the policy that surrounds their
This is Akia, the other side of Ilinniarvik (school) and the southern Inuit post-secondary
- Graduation date
- Fall 2019
- Type of Item
- Doctor of Philosophy
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