Curriculum K-12

Foundational Culture and Language Statement

To respect the worldview and language of the land of the Aboriginal people, the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment created two curricula: Dene Kede and Inuuqatigit.  School staff are expected to bring attention to the Aboriginal Worldview in all of their teachings.   They should use the document appropriate to their school and community.

These curricula are informed by a number of philosophical perspectives or worldviews that shape understanding of the Dene and Inuit core concepts as well as the traditions of lifelong learning.  Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit promote meaningful language use.  Language is interwoven with culture and heritage through meaningful experiences.


Curriculum by Subject

Aboriginal Student Achievement (ASA)

Aboriginal Languages

Arts Education

Career and Technology Studies (CTS)

English Language Arts





Physical Education


Social Studies and Northern Studies





Infused and Integrated Curriculum 

Dene Kede

Literacy with Information and Communication Technology Across the Curriculum - K-12  (LwICT)


Career Development


Locally Developed Courses (LDC)

Locally Developed Courses (LDC)


Transdisciplinary Project(s)

Transdisciplinary Project(s)

MyNorth Project

"In Appreciation for All that You Do" Project

Aboriginal Languages Jeopardy Game

Media Literacy Week 2012 - "We Know Bullying" Project


Handbooks and Resources

NWT School Handbook

MediaSmarts: NWT Subscription

Elders in Schools Handbook (EN)

Elders in Schools Handbook (FR)


In-servicing Curriculum


Last modified: 2014-01-23

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