After graduating from Tyndale’s BEd program, Ian Bitton (BEd 2011) moved to Nunavut with his wife Jenessa. She was hired by the City of Iqaluit, and he found a job teaching a grade 7 class. Life in the North is very different than Southern Ontario, especially when it comes to cultural values. “School attendance is not always a priority in all Inuit homes because there is a large focus on passing on traditional values like spending time on the land hunting,” says Ian. “These values often come before education which creates an interesting dynamic in the school system in Nunavut.” Educating youth in the North has been a challenging experience since he is “qallunaat” (non-Inuit). Many of his students are in foster care and have been exposed to abuse and alcoholism for much of their lives.While Ian does his best to provide an environment of learning for most of his students, for others his focus is “to simply provide a safe space.”
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