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Nunavut seeks input on Education Act changes

The Government of Nunavut is gathering public feedback on the territory's Education Act through consultations across the territory.

1st Iqaluit consultation tonight at L'Ecole des Trois-Soleils

'The goal of these public consultations and the amendments to the Education Act is to establish a collective vision for education,' said Education Minister Paul Quassa. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

The Government of Nunavut is gathering public feedback on the territory's Education Act through consultations across the territory.

The first consultation in Iqaluit is taking place tonight at L'Ecole des Trois-Soleils at 7 p.m.

The first review of the territory's 2008 Education Act led to recommendations for some dramatic changes, including shifting the emphasis from Inuit language and culture to a standardized education system, and changing the way schools deal with non-attenders.

Last November the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut called the final report from the special committee to review the Education Act a step backwards in protecting and revitalizing the Inuit language.

Education Minister Paul Quassa told the legislature earlier this month that the consultation period has been extended by several months.

"The goal of these public consultations and the amendments to the Education Act is to establish a collective vision for education,"said Quassa.

"We are listening and we want to hear your opinions and questions."

Consultations were scheduled in Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay last week and one is scheduled on June 16 in Pond Inlet.

The second consultation in Iqaluit will take place June 20 at 6 p.m. at Inuksuk High School.

These consultations are part of phase one; the second phase will start in August.

The government will consult with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. over the course of the three-month review period.

The deadline for feedback on the Education Act is Sept. 2. The minister of education will be tabling proposed amendments for the review of MLAs in the winter 2017 session.

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