SmartICE is a not-for-profit organization that produces a range of innovative sea ice monitoring technologies that integrate Inuit knowledge with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology. SmartICE operates as a work integration social enterprise (WISE) that provides Inuit with training and employment opportunities and bridges to the mainstream labour market. Grounded in Inuit Societal Values and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), SmartICE works with Inuit to blend IQ with digital and technical skills and social emotional learning. In this project, SRDC is working with SmartICE to develop, pilot, and evaluate a holistic, culturally contextualized training curriculum for its SmartICE Technology Operators. The project is based on principles of co-design and work is being done in partnership with communities and stakeholders. Project partners include Pinnguaq Association and Ilitaqsiniq, the Nunavut Literacy Council.The project will address the barriers faced by Inuit in remote northern communities and promote their inclusion and participation in the ocean economy. The curriculum will embed literacy and essential skills, digital literacy, and social emotional learning and regulation.
The curriculum will first be piloted with SmartICE Technology Operators in Nain, Nunatsiavut and Arctic Bay, Nunavut. A model for upscaling the curriculum delivery and implementation across Inuit Nunangat will follow.
Published: August 2022
Capability: Data Sciences - Knowledge Mobilization/ Workshop Facilitation - Strengthening Capacity - Program Evaluation/ Performance Measurement
Policy Area: Employment - Employment Supports and Services - Employment Programs
Population: Indigenous Peoples