Course Description

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to complexities of Inuit realities. Our learning journey will highlight an understanding of peoplehood, hearing about meaningful and disruptive histories, and how they manifest in current impacts. Faculty members participating in this workshop will be encouraged to reflect on how learning about Inuit Ways of Knowing, Being, and Doing, can inform their teaching practices.

Session Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • reflect on your knowledge and/or assumptions about Inuit culture.
  • engage with colleagues as you learn together about this topic.

Guest Speaker: Tapisa Kilabuk

Guest Speaker Bio: Tapisa Kilabuk, is an Inuk woman from the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut. Tapisa’s Inuit identity is honoured through her anaana (mother) Jeannie, her anaanatsiaq (Grandmother) Maata, and her great grandmother and namesake Pitseolala. Since leaving her home community of Iqaluit in 1997, she lived in Nova Scotia, the birthplace of her father, a settler descendant from Ireland & Eastern Europe. Since 2008, she has called Mohkinstis, Calgary, the Traditional Territory of Treaty 7 her home. Tapisa loves working along with the Indigenous community to promote healing and advocacy. Presently, Tapisa is in her second year at the University of Calgary majoring in International Indigenous Studies. In her role as a Research Assistant, she is a part of a team of researchers conducting research under the Nunavut Research Institute’s North by North Research Program. A few of her accomplishments include learning Inuktitut, revitalizing her right to traditional Inuit women tattoos and practicing traditional parenting with her husband and three children.

Facilitator: Julie Mooney, PhD





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