Co-teaching practice developed within the framework of a partnership Ivujivik-Puvirnituq-UQAT at the service of Inuit teacher training - Gisèle Maheux, Véronique Paul, Elisapi Uitangak
In the communities of Ivujivik and Puvirnituq in Nunavik,Inuit undertook the implementation of a community school project in their united desire to take charge of the education of the youth . Fundamental orientations have been identified for the school: to develop children knowledge, abilities and attitudes required in order to be able to function in the community and in a broader society and to contribute to develop and protect Inuktitut language and cultural identity in a changing world. They focused their projects on the training of Inuit teachers and other human resources, so in 1984, the school committees of the communities requested the support of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) to assist them in their efforts. In order to respect the will of the communities to control the orientation of the school and to make sure that the development of education is based on the communities needs, a collaboration process was created through the co-management group and the co-teaching practice.The aim of this communication is to present the co-teaching practice, which involves a team formed by university human resources and Inuit educational resources. The process takes into account the representations and particularities of the northern context in the dispensation of the training activities. It requires Inuit teachers’ ownership of the course content and meaning. This formula makes possible a training based on the needs of the pupils and the teachers and fully consider the linguistic, cultural and geographical particularities inherent to the territories and the way of life of the population.