Nunavut Linguicide

In Nunavut where Inuktut constitutes a public language majority, it’s use is declining. The goals for protecting and promoting Inuktut are not being achieved.

NTI commissioned a study to better understand some of the underlying issues related to the decline of Inuktut use and the role of the formal education system.

This research report unpacks the barriers which prohibit Inuit from enjoying their linguistic, economic, historical, cultural and human rights within Nunavut and Canada. 

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On this website, you will find information about and from Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Aluki Kotierk.

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Our young people – and we have a very young population – have a great, powerful spirit. Not only do we want to nurture our culture but we also want to participate in the modern economy.

As we look to the past we can ask ourselves what lessons can we draw from in order to enable Inuit to achieve the benefits resource development may have to offer in the future?

We need to partner, communicate and break down the silos to address the challenges facing Inuit. We need to build up Inuit so that Inuit can regain power and control over their lives. Utilizing the community justice committees is a step toward the goal.

Education in mother tongues such as Inuktut is more important than students’ socioeconomic conditions when it comes to them succeeding in school.
The three types of “bilingual” education currently functioning in some Nunavut schools are all, at best, weak forms of bilingual education.
The education system has been used to produce many of the social effects listed in this report. It is necessary that the education system be used to redress those effects.

Canada, as a country, needs to make this commitment to recognize Inuktut as an official original founding language within the Nunavut Territory.

Strengthening Inuktut supports in Nunavut will have a lasting and positive impact on social and economic conditions on Inuit Canadians; a fitting and invaluable legacy.

I appreciate the encouraging messages and calls from fellow Nunavut Inuit to provide advice on how to fulfill this role effectively.

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