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Iqaluit’s Inuktut daycare calls for greater government support – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201912 Views

9 October, 2019

“We must recognize how essential our early learning and child-care workers are to the Nunavut workforce”

Dear Hon. Savikataaq and Minister Joanasie,

I am a part of a group of Inuit parents who care deeply about our language and culture. I am also the chair of the board of directors of Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik, the only Inuktut-immersion early learning and child-care facility in Iqaluit and the only institution in the capital city of Nunavut that sends children into the education system already speaking Inuktut.

Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik was closed from Aug. 21 until Sept. 12, 2019, simply because there was not enough staff to stay open and, moreover, it has been operating under capacity for nearly a year. Not many people apply to work at Tumikuluit because of the relatively low pay (though the highest of all daycares in Iqaluit), little to no benefits, no housing and because of the social system that sees daycare work as low status and female.

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