The Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun team unites the leading Inuinnaqtun experts in Canada including Northwest Territories, Nunavut and southern Canada. They are dedicated Inuinnaqtun specialists, teachers and long-time revitalization warriors, passionate young adult language activists, and university-based researchers in language revitalization, language documentation and Inuinnait heritage. The Inuinnait members of the team include language specialists and youth from the four Inuinnait speaking communities of Ulukhaktok, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay.
Pamela Hakongak Gross
Team Leader and Hivulliqpaam Aulapkaiyi / Executive Director of PI/KHS
Pam is a graduate of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program and has a BA in Anthropology and Aboriginal Studies from Carleton University with extensive experience in research coordination. Pam is a young Inuinnaq from Cambridge Bay whose passion for language, culture, and community has driven her to become the Mayor of Cambridge Bay. Pam is the project lead and will be responsible for organizing and overseeing all project activities. Pam is the chair of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group.
Emily Niakoaluk Kudlak
Inuinnaqtun Specialist/Instructor Ulukhaktok
Emily is the former Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre’s Community Language Officer for Ulukhaktok, a member of the NWT Languages Board, a language instructor, interpreter and researcher. She has developed an Inuinnaqtun smartphone app and has recently co-authored a Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Dictionary. Emily is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun instruction on the ground in Ulukhaktok.
Topsy Aliknak Otoayuk Banksland
Youth Member Ulukhaktok
Topsy Banksland is 20 years old. She went to Yukon College for General Studies and then on to Multimedia Communications. She is currently studying at the University of Saskatchewan with a goal of earning a BA in Linguistics: Language and Speech Sciences. She is interested in creating content in Inuinnaqtun for language revitalization. She sees her role as a youth to bring encouragement and produce resources for other youth and anyone who is interested in the revitalization of the Inuinnaqtun dialect. Topsy is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group as well as a member of the Youth Committee.
Rosemarie Avrana Meyok
Inuinnaqtun Specialist & Instructor
Rosemarie is a passionate Elder and defender of the Inuinnaqtun language. She has worked as a high school Inuinnaqtun instructor in Kugluktuk and been responsible for Inuinnaqtun programs for the Kitikmeot Region. She has developed Inuinnaqtun curriculum and worked as an Inuinnaqtun Language Researcher with the Kitikmeot Language Bureau and studied and engaged in language revitalization. She is currently a board member of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit that is responsible for the promotion and protection of Inuktut in Nunavut. Rosemarie is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun instruction on the ground in Kugluktuk.
Inuinnaqtun Instructor Kugluktuk
Helena is a young Inuinnaq who has succeeded in becoming the Inuinnaqtun instructor at the Kugluktuk High School after being in a mentor/apprentice program as part of local language revitalization efforts. Her ability to take back her language and her demonstrated commitment to her culture as the coordinator and choreographer of the Ukaliit Numiqtiit square dance group makes her influential among young Inuinnait in Kugluktuk. Helena is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun instruction on the ground in Kugluktuk.
Gwen Aittauq Angulalik
Inuinnaqtun Instructor & Inuinnaqtun Interpreter-Translator
Gwen is a professional Interpreter/Translator at the Nunavut Legislature and an Inuinnaqtun Language Specialist from Cambridge Bay who has published two editions of Nunavut Arctic College Inuinnaqtun/English Dictionary. Gwen is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun documentation on the ground in Cambridge Bay.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg
Shelley has fifteen years’ experience partnering with youth, community-based organizations, and Inuit governments in support of community-driven research and Inuktut revitalization. Her research has looked at the role of youth, family, schools and community in Inuktut teaching and revitalization. Shelley is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and she will advise the group on: best practices in Inuktut and indigenous language revitalization; building a youth movement behind revitalization; and she will work with the Community Language Leaders to monitor project outcomes and complete Community Language Plans for the three communities.
Professor, Département de linguistique, Université du Québec à Montréal
Richard is a Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) whose research focuses on the structure of Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. He has co-authored a new dictionary of the Kangiryuarmiut variety of Inuinnaqtun as spoken in Ulukhaktok with Emily Kudlak that will be published in 2018 by Nunavut Arctic College Media. Richard is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will provide advice and work directly with the documentation part of the project including providing advice on the development of the online research tool.
Darren Hallallaaq Keith
Angayuqaanga Qauyihaqti / Senior Researcher of the PI/KHS
Darren has worked for nineteen years with the organization to record Inuinnait knowledge. His work includes initiatives to preserve and transmit Inuinnait knowledge and Inuinnaqtun terminology through the development of various online applications. Darren is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and provide research and communication services for the Working Group. He will also play a role in pulling together Inuinnaqtun documentation data, and he will lead the development of the Inuinnaqtun Documentation Application.
Amber Milukatak Adjun
Youth Member Kugluktuk
Amber is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group as well as a member of the Youth Committee.
Emily Angulalik Angulalik
Inuinnaqtun Instructor & Inuinnaqtun Interpreter-Translator
Emily was born and raised speaking Inuinnaqtun and has worked her whole career advocating, teaching and creating curriculum in Inuinnaqtun. Since 2013 Emily has worked for Nunavut Arctic College as the Inuinnaqtun Language Instructor. Emily will work as a mentor to the Inuinnaqtun mentee’s who will strengthen and help deliver Inuinnaqtun programming that is consistent to primary and consecutive learning. Emily is a founding member and the current Chair of the PI/KHS and a board member on the Kaapittiaq coffee company, a social enterprise supporting the PI/KHS (www.kitikmeotheritage.ca/kaapittiaq). Emily is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun instruction on the ground in Cambridge Bay.
Kimberley Arnatiaq Crockatt
Katimayiita Titiraqti / Secretary/Treasurer of the PI/KHS
Kim is a founding member of PI/KHS. She continues to play a pivotal role as the current Secretary/Treasurer of the organization. She is also the President of the Kaapittiaq coffee company, a social enterprise supporting the PI/KHS (www.kitikmeotheritage.ca/kaapittiaq). Kim’s responsibilities will include overseeing the project on behalf of the Board, signing for, managing and being accountable for funds, ensuring payables and receivables are managed in a timely manner, paying project staff and remitting funds to CRA and others.
Connie Hatogina Kapolak
Vice Principal/Inuinnaqtun Instructor Cambridge Bay
Hatok’s role in the proposed plan will be to work with the Elders and Youth on Inuinnaqtun program delivery. Her mother tongue is Inuinnaqtun and she continues to use it on a daily basis as it is her first language. Connie is working to complete her Master’s in Education from the University of PEI. She holds her Bachelor of Education from McGill and has worked in the education field for 16 years. Hatok spends half of her time as the Vice Principal of the Kiilinik High School and a high school cultural instructor. Connie is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will be contributing her experience in Inuinnaqtun instruction on the ground in Cambridge Bay. She will also act as an advisor and liaison related to how the project can collaborate with the formal school system in the communities.
Kendra Ohoveluk Kudlak
Youth Member Ulukhaktok
Kendra is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group as well as a member of the Youth Committee and will be involved with the youth programming in Ulukhaktok. As a 21-year-old Inuinnait Kendra has been involved working at the youth centre, the gym, she has worked translating for her mom, Emily Kudlak has been mentoring her since she was about 3 years old. Kendra speaks Inuinnaqtun at home with her family and as a youth role model we would like to use her example to pass on to other Inuinnait and future generations as a model example to live by.
Project Elder/Mentor Ulukhaktok
Kongoatok was born 30 miles East of Ulukhaktok at a place called Anialik. She went to residential school in Kugluktuk. She is the lead singer for the Kangikyoagmiot Numiktiit and has brought back the traditional tattooing and the stories that go with it. She is one of the few remaining adults that did the traditional walk from Kuuk to Minto, to Qalgiliumanak to traditionally harvest caribou. She grew up in a caribou skin tent where they speared fish at the fish weir and wintered in snow houses when they hunted seals through seal breathing holes. Kongoatok’s role will be to teach traditional methods of skin prep and sewing along with traditional activities like qulliq lighting and storytelling.
Janet Tamalik McGrath
Specialist Inuktut Instruction & Documentation
Janet Tamalik McGrath is a fluent speaker of Inuktut, with broad experience in dialectology. She was educated in the Arctic as a child and worked as a translator before completing her PhD in Canadian Studies and Political Economy at Carleton University. She has contributed extensively to Inuktut program development, instructional techniques, documentation and language resource development. In 2016 she developed an Inuktut online coaching program that has evolved into a successful model for busy people. Janet’s 2011 Ph.D. dissertation is entitled Isumaksaqsiurutigijakka: Conversations with Aupilarjuk Towards a Theory of Inuktut Knowledge Renewal. Janet is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will bring her experience in teaching and documenting Inuktut to the training of the Community Language Leaders.
Devon Albert Notaina
Youth Member Ulukhaktok
Devon is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group as well as a member of the Youth Committee.
Haugaaq Julia Ogina
Culture and Language Specialist Cambridge Bay
Haugaaq is currently the Programs Coordinator, Elders & Culture at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. Haugaaq is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group and will bring her experience through work time from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association with part of the planning, planning of deliverables, administering the deliverables and working with her networks that she has worked closely with since the 90s and expanded networks of other community members that would also like to participate in this programming.
Kobe Hitkoklok Aknavigak
Youth Member Cambridge Bay
At 16 Kobe is now in grade 12 and is a member of the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun Working Group Youth Committee. Kobe is the Chair of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). Kobe serves as the Vice President of the Kullik Ilihakvik Student Council. Kobe has been active in sports as member of both the Wolverine’s and recreation basketball leagues. He has also participated in Encounters with Canada and Create to Learn. Aside from his extra curricular activities and studies Kobe has worked at the Northern Store for the past two years.