Language
of Instruction

Language<br>of Instruction

Nunavik is home to 13 180 residents. Among its population, 10 755 are Inuit, 98% of whom speak Inuktitut as their mother tongue.

Statistics Canada, 2016 et Nunivaat, 2019
Language<br>of Instruction

Inuktitut: the language of instruction

Under the JBNQA*, we have unique powers and jurisdictions that aim to protect, maintain, and develop the Inuit language, culture, and way of life.

When are second languages introduced?

Teaching is done in Inuktitut from kindergarten to grade 2.

English or French is introduced as a second language for 90 minutes per week in grade 1 and 2. In grade 3, 50% of all instruction is provided in the second language.

As of grade 4, instruction is given in either second-language English or French, and Inuktitut continues to be taught as a subject.

Instruction may also be given in Inuktitut during culture and religion courses and sometimes in physical education courses.

Out of 900 hours of instruction, courses taught in the language of instruction (Inuktitut) represent the following proportion:

  • Kindergarten = 100%
  • Grade 1 and 2 = 77 to 85%
  • Grade 3 = 50 to 61%
  • Grade 4, 5 and 6 = 22 to 33%
  • Secondary cycle 1 (Sec 1 and 2) = 30 to 36%
  • Secondary cycle 2 (Sec 3, 4 and 5) = 27 to 33%

Out of 900 hours of instruction, courses taught in the language of instruction (French or English) represent the following proportion:

  • Kindergarten = 0%
  • Grade 1 and 2 = 11 to 23%
  • Grade 3 = 39 to 50%
  • Grade 4, 5 and 6 = 67 to 78%
  • Secondary cycle 1 (Sec 1 and 2) = 64 to 70%
  • Secondary cycle 2 (Sec 3, 4 and 5) = 67 to 73%