I work in a classroom of 23 registered students, of which 3 are girls. On a good day we have 17 students, with 12 to 13 on an average day. Kids go to camps for hunting with their families or they just don’t come to school. Many days there is only one girl in the class.
When the two 3/4 split classes (English and French) are combined for gym, the students are split into two teams of boys and only one team of girls.
Today I asked one of the Inuit teachers from the lower grades about this. “It has always been like this,” she shrugged. “Even when I was in school.”
“Must be something in the water here,” I said, and she laughed.