NCCAH: Inunnguiniq - The promise of Inuit knowledge for early childhood health and wellbeing
Inunnguiniq describes the cultural child caring practices of Inuit.
With colonization many of these practices have been eroded.
Elders are actively trying to revitalize inunnuiniq concepts amongst parents, community caregivers and youth in order to improve health outcomes for children.
This presentation will provide an overview of Inunnguiniq concepts; outline some of the key health concerns for children in Nunavut today; highlight some cultural practices which Inuit Elders are revitalizing in order to promote healthier outcomes; and raise some new areas of concern for health researchers.
The presentation will be followed by open discussion and sharing of other hopeful practices for Indigenous children’s health in Canada.
Who should attend:
Researchers and practitioners who are concerned with Indigenous children’s health in remote Canadian contexts.
Advisor on Tap:
Shirley Tagalik for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
Shirley is an educator who has lived in Arviat, Nunavut since 1976 and worked at all levels in the school system. In 1999 she joined the newly formed Government of Nunavut Department of Education as the Manager of Early Childhood and School Services with the Curriculum Division. Her main task was to redesign the educational system within a framework of Inuit knowledge and to begin the rewriting of the curriculum to fit this framework. She works extensively with Inuit Elders to document their cultural knowledge, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. She recently retired from this position and has established Inukpaujaq Consulting which provides research, facilitation and consulting services.
Shirley has been a Research Director of the Mental Health Site of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs. Her research has been mainly in the areas of suicide prevention, youth engagement, early childhood development and articulating Inuit cultural knowledge frameworks.
Shirley is also very active in local health and wellness issues at the community and territorial levels. She also sits on advisory committees for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Canadian Institute for Child Health and is an associate researcher with Qaujigiartiit Arctic Health Research Network.