Parents, grandparents, caregivers, daycare staff, teachers, foster parents, social workers – anyone working with or caring for children or interested in supporting parents in the community in any capacity.
The Inunnguiniq program is an evidence-based parenting/childrearing program based on Inuit childrearing philosophy. It was developed and piloted at Qaujigiartiit over 5 years with an elders advisory committee. It is currently offered as a drop-in program in many Nunavut communities and in 2 high schools. The program is delivered by community-based facilitators. Anyone and everyone with an interest in promoting and revitalizing the strengths of Inuit parenting practices can be trained to deliver the program in their community.
Over the last 2 years, we have piloted a shorter version with the women’s correctional facility and the low-security Makigiarvik centre attached to BCC. These pilots were really incredible experiences for the parents. We have acquired funding to adapt and pilot the shortened version of the program with corrections, the healing centre and Mamisarvik addictions treatment centre in Ottawa, in 2018-19. The idea is for parents in these centres to have an introduction to the Inunnguiniq program and then to join the full program at some point when they return to the community.
To date, 250 individuals have taken the training to become a program facilitator and hundreds of parents have participated in the program.
The training is 35-hours/5 days long and is delivered by 2 trained instructors and 1 elder instructor. The program itself is 19 sessions long when delivered by facilitators, which tend to be delivered by community members either once a week drop-in for 19 weeks or 2 times a week over 10 weeks. The program must be delivered by trained facilitator pairs to maintain the rigour of the evidence-based model.
At the end of the 5-day training course, new facilitators have:
- A certification in delivering the Inunnguiniq program in their community or workplaces and applying the resources in the workplace.
- An increased understanding of Inunnguiniq concepts and principles
- An increased understanding of Inuit family relationships, naming practices, and attachments
- Increased familiarity with songs and stories passed down over generations, which are used to convey the Inunnguiniq messages to children and parents
- An increased familiarity with print and digital resources that are currently available and can be used to enhance Inunnguiniq among families
- Hands-on practice with some of the activities that parents are involved in during the program (applied learning), and a practicum teaching component with the group during the course.
- An increased understanding of the importance of food sharing and country foods, as well as having the opportunity to cook and share food together at the course on the last day.
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