The Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board of Nunavik, was created in 1975, under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA).
Under the JBNQA, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq is granted the power and jurisdiction to develop and deliver specific educational services and programs consistent with Inuit culture. The mission of the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq is therefore twofold. On the one hand, it acts as a regular regional school board for all Nunavik residents. On the other hand, it also acts as an exclusive Inuit institution with unique powers and jurisdictions that aim to protect, maintain, and develop the Inuit language, culture, and way of life.
Since 1978, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq has been the exclusive provider of academic services to the population of Nunavik. The education programs developed by the school board are offered in all schools of the 14 Nunavik communities, in Inuktitut as first language and in French and English as second languages. The school board operates 17 primary and secondary schools as well as 5 adult education centres.
Our mission statement
To provide the people of Nunavik with educational services that will guide and enable all learners to develop the qualities, skills, and abilities they need to achieve well being and self-actualization.
Nunavimmiut are empowered, proud, and self-suﬃ cient members of healthy communities grounded in Inuit values, language, and culture, where they are inspired to achieve their full potential within a global context.
Our approach to education
At the school board, we approach education from a holistic perspective. The services we deliver—as well as the curriculum and programs we develop—are rooted in the Inuit defi nition of Inuguiniq, an education process that seeks to develop the human being as a whole through direct engagement with the environment and the community.