In 2019, Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun!

 

The United Nations has declared 2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation.

 

We urgently need to re-establish the connection.

 

Inuinnaqtun is our link to our Elders and the knowledge, worldview and cultural continuity that is our inheritance.  Language revitalization is our path to restoring these things, and with them the wellness of our youth and our communities.

 

Why is speaking Inuinnaqtun important to you?

Once you revitalize a language, you revive a whole culture and I think that’s really important for our identity as Inuit.
— Topsy Banksland
I look forward to my journey, reclaiming my language and my identity through Inuinnaqtun.
— Pamela Hakongak Gross
Inuinnaqtun is important to me because it ties us to our culture and it gives you a sense of belonging to the Inuit culture.
— Izaya Westwood

Our Background

Uqarluta / Let’s Speak Inuinnaqtun! is a project of the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society, an Inuit heritage organization based on Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Our mission is to preserve and renew Inuinnait knowledge, language and culture for the benefit of all Inuit. Our vision is to concentrate and connect the resources, expertise and technology critical to Inuinnait cultural and linguistic survival.


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