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IPA Talk: Inuit Students’ Educational Journey with Heather Ochalski
November 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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“Education is a critical social process and is the responsibility of the society of which a child is a member. Education and Schooling promote the cognitive development and professional skills acquisition that produce economic development and positive socio-economic outcomes. In the modern world, education is strongly correlated with employability, access to food, housing, social status and associates strongly with measures of individual health and wellbeing.”
Join us to learn from Heather Ochalski, the Early Years Director at Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth, and Families in Ottawa, who will discuss her MA in Education thesis, Inuit Students’ Journeys from High School into Post-Secondary Education.
Heather Ochalski is a resident of Ottawa originally from Baker Lake, Nunavut. She has an Honours BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Education Degree from the University of Ottawa. She holds Summer Research Institute certificates in Knowledge Mobilization: Affecting Change for Program and Policy Development as well as in Community-Based Participatory Action Research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Alberta and is a Laureate of the 2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize for the implementation of the National Strategy on Inuit Education. Among her many accomplishments is a publication on Inuit child welfare in Volume 5 of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: “Canada’s Residential Schools: The Legacy.”
Heather is a strong and passionate advocate for Inuit rights and Inuit-led education. Having worked at the national level to address Inuit education issues, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership on the implementation of education policies and programming. She is currently the Early Years Director at Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth, and Families in Ottawa where she continues to build on Inuit pedagogical approaches and capacity in Inuit Education.