Uqautchim Uglua

American Indian College Fund, Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative.

Uqautchim Uglua at Iḷisaġvik College

Iḷisaġvik College’s Uqautchim Uglua (Language Nest) program approaches the end of its second year of operation as a strong, vibrant force in the effort to indigenize education on the North Slope. The program has overseen development and implementation of an Iñupiaq Early Learning A.A. degree program, opened an Iñupiaq immersion ECE nest serving twelve local children, and been central in instituting monthly cultural activities as an outreach to the community. With Iñupiaq-specific ECE curriculum nearing completion, recruitment and replication efforts underway, and an articulated transfer agreement finalized, our future is very bright, and the sky is the limit. We invite all of you to share in that future with us.