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There is a significant ‘education gap’ between Canadian Inuit and other Canadians. Less than a quarter (25%) of Inuit who started school, graduated at the other end. The experience of many parents at residential school has resulted in a loss of trust in the education system. With the recent conclusion of the residential school settlement, the healing process for this tragic period in Inuit education has begun for some. Now it is time to move forward. Inuit want an education system comparable to the best systems in Canada, with skilled and knowledgeable young people emerging from our schools. This is a goal that all Canadians need to know about.The Inuit Education Summit in Inuvik is the second phase of a three part initiative by ITK on education. Earlier this year, as part of phase one, four background papers on Inuit education were released. The third phase of the education initiative will be the development and release of a ‘National Strategy on Inuit Education’. The findings of the Inuit Education Summit will be important to the development of the strategy.
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