QC ombudsman sounds alarm on Inuit education

October 31, 2018

Quebec ombudsman Marie Rinfret has released a report stating that the province is failing to provide Inuit children with access to quality education. “The ministry is not giving (the Inuit) school board the tools to succeed,” said Rinfret. “The ministry is adopting a restrictive vision of its role.” The Montreal Gazette reports that about 80% of students in Nunavik drop out before finishing high school, and cites issues related to class cancellations, overcrowded homes, and home repair needs. The report provides 14 recommendations, which include creating an action plan on housing by 2020, training additional Inuktitut-language teachers, and sensitizing non-Inuit teachers to the realities of working in the North. Montreal Gazette | Report (Fr)