Students were introduced to the notion of “nordicity” and what it means to be part of the Northern World. Topics included the geography and physical features of the north, biological features and process, along with a study of peoples and cultures of the Circumpolar World. Discussions on economic activity, the environment, and global climate change were often challenging but opened everyone’s eyes to issues surrounding indigenous rights, self-determination, and emerging political structures.

It is not easy to take an on-line course. However, in Cambridge Bay the students formed a study group and met weekly at the Community Learning Centre (CLC). Adult Educator, Philomena McGill facilitated the tutorials and the students all helped each other by being innovative, resourceful in seeking solutions, and working together in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The on-line instructor, Lindsay Sowdluapik-Lloyd was excited to meet the Cambridge Bay group in person when she came to meet everyone April 7 to April 10.

The CLC hummed with activity throughout the week-end, as students focused on completing assignments, and prepared for the upcoming final exam. These amazing learners all came together from different programs throughout the Kitikmeot Campus in Cambridge Bay. Two are from the Social Services Worker Diploma Program, two are from the first year Social Services Worker Certificate Program, one is from Adult Basic Education, and one from College Foundations.

Learning included an overview of the aboriginal peoples and contemporary issues of the circumpolar region. In addition the course focused on building skills in critical thinking, essay writing and online learning. But, what shone the most were the smiles of adult learners who grew in self-confidence and with a broader view of their world.

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