It Takes a Community to Educate a Child: A Makkovik Case Study


  • Sylvia Moore Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Jodie Lane Nunatsiavut Government
  • Roxanne Nochasak Nunatsiavut Government


This study was part of a larger research project examining education success across the Inuit regions of Canada. This case study highlights the insights of students, educators, and parents in considering the factors contributing to the high rate of school graduation and continuation to post-secondary education and training in the community of Makkovik, Labrador. There is additional funding for academic support and cultural programming in the K–12 school, and financial and non-financial support for post-secondary students, as well as those participating in labour market training and business development. Education success in Makkovik can be characterized by a “culture of education” where school attendance is expected, learning supports are provided, and academic success is celebrated.

Author Biographies

Sylvia Moore, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Sylvia Moore is an education researcher jointly appointed to the Faculty of Education and the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies. She lives in Goose Bay, Labrador.

Jodie Lane, Nunatsiavut Government

Jodie Lane is a Nunatsiavut beneficiary who grew up, and continues to live, in Makkovik, Labrador where her two children attend school. She is also the Director of Education for the Nunatsiavut Government. She collaborated with Memorial University instructors on infusing Inuit culture into the courses.

Roxanne Nochasak, Nunatsiavut Government

Roxanne Nochasak is a Nunatsiavut beneficiary who grew up in Makkovik, Labrador and continues to live there with her husband and children. She is a teacher and school administrator, parent, and artist. She is also a graduate of the Inuit Bachelor of Education program.