Pirurvik Preschool : Governor Generals Innovation Award 2022

Chickweed is proud to have made a 9 minute short-documentary film for Pirurvik Preschool in Pond Inlet, filmed with local elders, staff and community members in October 2020.

Nominated by the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), they are one of six groups across Canada to have been awarded the Governor Generals Innovation Award 2022!

Read more about the award at this link https://innovation.gg.ca/winner/pirurvik-preschool/

Watch the film https://vimeo.com/chickweedarts/pirurvikpreschool

About the Innovation

Based in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet, NU), Pirurvik Preschool is receiving a Governor General’s Innovation Award for their transformational early childhood education (ECE) initiative that blends Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Ways) and Inungnuinniq (traditional Inuit child-rearing) with Montessori methods. The model allows children to learn at their own pace, providing them with a positive, evidence-based first experience with education that is culturally relevant, while also supporting language revitalization with the active use of Inuktut in the ECE environment. Their model is being successfully supported in other communities across Nunavut and is being recognized across the circumpolar world.