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Environmental Education and Community Engagement

Working closely with staff in all of the Department of Environment’s divisions, the Environmental Education and Outreach section helps to ensure that  education and outreach initiatives are integrated into all of our work department-wide. The land and natural resources are of utmost importance to all Nunavummiut and the Department of Environment is committed to educating and involving a wide range of audiences including youth, community members, elders and teachers in environmental stewardship.

The Department of Environment is committed to supporting teachers in bringing environmental and wildlife education into the classroom, and in bringing students into the environment to experience nature's classroom.

For more information on education programs or resources, contact the Environmental Office environment@gov.nu.ca.

The Department of Environment is involved in a number of education initiatives and programs across the territory. Here is a summary of some of the main programs we offer.

 

Environmental Education Resources

Harvester Education Series (Books available in English/Inuktitut)

The Department of Environment in collaboration with Nunavut Arctic College have developed a series of books and videos to document and share important land skills and species specific information on harvested species in Nunavut. 

Video - Hunting Caribou in the Fall 

Video - Hunting Seal in the Summer 

Video - Hunting Polar Bear in the Winter - Coming soon!

Video - Hunting Narwhal in the Spring and Summer- Coming soon!

To obtain a copy of a book or video, visit your local Conservation office or contact environment@gov.nu.ca.

Additional information is also available at:

http://nacmedia.ca/videos/

 

Ikigittiarlugik Nuna Imarlu Reading Series - We Take Care of the Environment and My First Hunt 

The Ikpigittiarlugik Nuna Imarlu reading series is a unique, Nunavut-developed literacy initiative by the Department of Environment. It infuses environmental stewardship, hunting practices, and knowledge of Nunavut's land and sea into a culturally appropriate reading program. For information about obtaining a copy of this book please contact environment@gov.nu.ca 

 

Terrestrial Mammals of Nunavut                        

Marine Mammals of Nunavut 

Both books available in English and Inuktitut

Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies or visit your local conservation office.

 

Download all 17 Terrestrial Mammal Fact Sheets, available in English and Inuktitut:
Arctic Fox | Barrenground Caribou | Peary Caribou | Ermine | Moose | Polar Bear | Wolverine | Arctic Ground Squirrel | Black Bear | Grizzly Bear Muskox Red Fox Arctic Hare | Brown Lemming | Least Weasel | Pearyland Collared Lemming | Wolf

 

Common Birds of Nunavut (Available in English/Inuktitut)

Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies or visit your local conservation office.

Common Insects of Nunavut

Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies or visit your local conservation office.

Rocks and Minerals of Nunavut

Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies or visit your local conservation office.

 

Uumajut: Learning About Arctic Wildlife (Children's book available in English/Inuktitut)

In partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society, DOE created a book about Arctic wildlife targeting elementary school-aged children. Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies, visit your local conservation office, or order online through chapters.ca or amazon.ca.

Waiting at the Edge (DVD available in English/French)

DVD on the importance of seals and sealing culture to Inuit. Accompanying teacher resource available in English.

Kaakuluk Magazine (Magazine available in English/Inuktitut) 

In partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society, DOE contributed to the caribou edition of Kaakuluk, a magazine for elementary and middle-school aged youth. Contact environment@gov.nu.ca to order copies, visit your local conservation office, or order online through chapters.ca or amazon.ca.

Tajarniit (DVD in Inuktitut with English subtitles)

Tajarniit is a Nunavut-produced film about the importance of seals to Inuit. The 5-part short film documentary portrays Inuit sealing culture and history and illustrates traditional uses of seal for Ittaq (traditional tent) and Qajaq (traditional Kayak).

For additional wildlife publications and resources, visit the Wildlife Management Resources page.

 

Lesson Plans for Educators

Wildlife is Everywhere! A grade 4-6 lesson demonstrating that wildlife is all around us - | English | Inuktitut | French |

Wildlife is Everywhere! Accompanying worksheet - | English | Inuktitut | French |

Litter is Waste out of Place! A grade 4-6 lesson about waste - | English | Inuktitut French |

Let's Talk Energy! A grade 4-6 lesson on electricity production, use, and conservation in Nunavut - | English | Inuktitut | French |

Arctic Marine Ecosystems - A grade 5 and up lesson introducing Nunavut Students to marine food webs, commercial fisheries, and conservation areas to protect corals and sponges - Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and  Oceans North

 Arctic Marine Ecosystems Lesson plan - | English Inuktitut | French |

 Arctic Marine Ecosystems Fun Facts - | English | Inuktitut | French |

 Grade 4 Fish Habitat and Food Web - | English | Inuktitut |

 Arctic Conservation Areas Map - English/French/Inuktitut

 Guardians of Tariuq​ - A music video about food webs and the importance of the Eastern Arctic Ecosystem! Brought to you by the students at Nanook School in Apex, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.