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The Institut Nordique du Québec, made up of Université Laval, McGill University and Quebec’s national institute for scientific research (INRS), will offer a seven-unit online course this spring on northern Quebec politics and social develop­ment, free of charge.

The MOOC, short for “Massive Open Online Course,” allows universities to show their expertise to a wider audience. Students can work independently through the units, but can also interact through an online forum.

The program includes input from some of Nunavik’s elected officials and project leaders including Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services director Minnie Grey, Makivik executives Andy Moorhouse and Adamie Delisle-Alaku, Inukjuak community development co-ordinator Tommy Palliser and Kangiqsualujjuaq mayor Hilda Snowball. The curriculum also relies on the expertise of well-known academics such as linguist and anthropologist Louis-Jacques Dorais and sociologist Gérard Duhaime, who worked for many years in Quebec’s North.

The English version of the course runs April 24 through June 17.