Shining Our Bright Light: Nunavimmiut Stories of Teaching and Learning & Self-Determined Education in Nunavik

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 17:30to19:30
Chancellor Day Hall, Room 101, Montreal, QC, CA

That little light in us, that Inuk ability, has been extinguished for too long. If we want to be ok with ourselves, and continue learning, that little light must shine bright as an Inuk. We have reason to be proud!

- Tunu Napartuk, Nunavik Advocate and Community leader, in the film, Shining Our Bright Light, First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange


Join the team of the First Peoples Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange* (FPPSE) and special guests for an evening of films and discussion on Inuit self-determination in education and Nunavik-based post-secondary programs. Register here


Shining Our Bright Light (25:00) by Michelle Smith and the FPPSE. Nunavimmiut youth and community members share experiences of teaching and learning in college, university, in community and on the land, and make the call for Inuit control of Inuit post-secondary education.

Short films including The Story of Pasha (2:11) by Pasha Partridge, and Hunting Life (3:13) by Neekallak Annanack


  • Lucina Gordon, FPPSE researcher, School Counsellor, Student
  • Jennifer Qupanuaq May, FPPSE researcher, Filmmaker, Educator, Student
  • Pasha Partridge, FPPSE researcher, Artist and Filmmaker
  • Natasha MacDonald, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
  • Michelle E. Smith, FPPSE Lead, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
  • Dr. Nicole Ives, FPPSE Co-investigator, Director of the School of Social Work


Light refreshments will be served.

With the generous support of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Department of Education Counselling Psychology, Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network, and Participatory Research At McGill.

* The First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange is a community-based research project using storytelling and digital media to honour Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning and improve post-secondary education for Inuit, First Nations and Métis students see fppse.net

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