name= Inuinnaqtun
nativename=Inuktitut, Kangiryuarmiutun
states=Canada (Nunavut and Northwest Territories)
speakers=approximately 2,000
nation=Nunavut and Northwest Territories (Canada)
agency=Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Communities where Inuinnaqtun is spoken

Inuinnaqtun is an indigenous language of Canada. It is related very closely to Inuktitut, and many people believe that Inuinnaqtun is only a dialect of Inuktitut. The governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut recognise Inuinnaqtun as an official language in addition to Inuktitut. [ [ Northwest Territories Official Languages Act, 1988] (as amended 1988, 1991-1992, 2003)]

Inuinnaqtun is used primarily in the communities of Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk in the western Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. To a smaller extent it is also spoken in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Outside of Nunavut it is spoken in the hamlet of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, where it is called "Kangiryuarmiutun". It is written using the Latin alphabet.


Further reading

* Harnum, Betty, Janet McGrath, and Margo Kadlun. "Inuinnaqtun Lessons Phase 1 : Copper Dialect of the Inuit Language". Cambridge Bay, N.W.T.: Kitikmeot Inuit Association, 1982.
* Harper, Kenn. "Current Status of Writing Systems for Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and Inuvialuktun". [Yellowknife, N.W.T.] : Northwest Territories, Culture and Communications, 1992.
* "Inuinnaqtun English Dictionary". Cambridge Bay, Nunavut: Nunavut Arctic College, 1996.

External links

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