Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit

Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit Curriculum Information and Documents 

To respect the worldview and language of the land of the Indigenous people, the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment created two curricula: Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit. School staff are expected to bring attention to the Indigenous 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 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.

Dene Kede

Dene Kede encompasses the language, culture and the way in which five Dene nations view the world. In K to 6, themes are used to reinforce and teach the four concepts central to Dene perspective: the Spiritual World, the Land, the Self, and the People, while Grades 7 to 9 employ a modular approach. The purpose of this curriculum is to present children with the experiences, knowledge, skills and attitudes that will guide them toward becoming capable citizens.


Inuuqatigiit is a curriculum that focuses on the enhancement and enrichment of Inuit culture, heritage and language. Students will learn about Inuit history, traditions, knowledge, values and beliefs. Inuuqatigiit is based on the philosophy and value system of the Inuit. Inuuqatigiit means Inuit to Inuit, people to people, or family to family. It also implies a unity between people.