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Language: Inuit

  • Apr 13, 2012
  • 10:28 PM

First Complete Bible in Inuktitut Language to be Published in the Arctic

Gospel Herald
This Inuktitut Bible publication marks many firsts. For the first time in Canada, the entire translation was done by mother tongue (first language) speakers of the language rather than by missionaries. This is the first full Bible produced in Canada using the cutting edge computer tools distributed and supported by our CBS Translations office, which are transforming the way translations are being done around the world.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:25 AM

Opinion: We need to save languages as well as species

Peter Culshaw / The Arts Desk
...Abley also has some splendidly wacky encounters such as the last two surviving speakers of an Aboriginal language who are forbidden by tribal taboos from talking to each other. And the last surviving speaker of one Amazonian language, which is a parrot.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 03:05 PM

Keeping Inuit Students Engaged: School Programs Incorporate Inuktitut, Day Care (video)

Indian Country Today Media
...a video she coordinated profiles unique school programs in Nunavut that integrate Inuit culture into the curriculum to keep students engaged. Single mothers such as 19-year-old Eva Kakkik, who might not otherwise graduate from high school, are now able to finish their education thanks to on-site day-care service in one school, which enables her to see her 3-year-old son throughout the day.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Dene Languages Apps

Government of the Northwest Territories
The five Dene languages available in these apps are Tlicho, North Slavey, South Slavey, Gwich’in and Chipewyan. The apps are available for the touch-screen technology platforms and have language learning components, games and quizzes. Categories include family, actions, commands, food, animals, trapping and hunting. The next language apps to be developed will be in Cree, Inuvialuktun and Inuinnaqtun.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 07:06 PM

Nunavut’s stance on bilingualism “nickel-and-dimeing Inuit:” MLA

Nunatsiaq News
“The senior government positions, if there are going to be job opportunities at the senior level, they should be required to be bilingual… if you‟re going to provide services in Inuktitut, following the Inuktitut language, they have to be able to speak Inuktitut and they should be bilingual so that they can be provided bonuses.”
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 01:40 AM

Language investigation launched at Iqaluit hospital
Nunavut's Languages Commissioner is launching a systematic investigation of the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit – a first for the territory’s language watchdog. The investigation will focus on whether French and Inuktitut speakers have had their language rights violated.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Je Speak Inuktitut

Zachary Kuehner / The Mark
Aboriginal languages should be integrated into all public-school curricula so they are made available to all young Canadians, regardless of background. This may sound naïve (some may even think it misguided), but the groundwork is already being laid. Nunavut has created a bilingual education system – English and Inuktitut...
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 10:51 AM

Achievements Abound for Native American Languages in 2011

Indian Country Today Media
Even though statistics say Native American languages are endangered and the U.S. Census says there are less than half a million speakers of Native languages in the country, there were a number of advancements in language revitalization and preservation throughout the year, a sampling of those are noted here:
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 04:03 PM

Cambridge University researcher spends year in Greenland (video)

BBC News
A researcher from Cambridge University has spent a year in a remote part of Greenland to try to save an Inuit language. The Inugguit dialect is passed from generation to generation through stories and music.
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 06:58 PM

50, 100, 1000 words for snow: Does the language we speak affect how we think?

Natsuki / Psychology in Action
While it is now largely known in the academic community that the Eskimo language did not actually have that many words for snow–what they had a few words for snow that was modified in various ways (e.g., wet snow, icy snow, fluffy snow)–this new Kate Bush album has resurrected interest in popular questions about the relationship between language and thought: Does the language we speak affect how we think? Or do our thoughts affect our language?
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 12:05 PM

Use Inuktitut or lose it, ITK panel says

Jane George / Nunatsiaq News
...Although Nunatsiavut has more than 4,000 Inuit residents, only 550 reported the Inuit language as their mother tongue in the 2001 census. In Inuvik, where Beverly Amos, works on language revitalization, she says it’s important to end the self-pity, and “not to sit back and wait for the government to help.”
  • Nov 01, 2011
  • 08:11 PM

Northern airline launches Inuktitut site
The Canadian North airline launched an Inuktitut version of its site Thursday. Now, the site offers the same information and services as its English page in Nunavut's official language.
  • Oct 20, 2011
  • 01:12 AM

National award for Inuvialuktun teacher

Samantha Stokell / Northern News Services
Ipana, who teaches the Inuvialuktun immersion kindergarten class at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School (SAMS), received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence on Oct. 5 in Ottawa. She has taught the course since 1991 and engages the students with modern technology while sharing with them their culture.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in U.S.

Jarondakie Patrick / Bellingham Herald
Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah — which originated with slaves from West Africa and includes some English — face a host of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these languages for a new generation.
  • Jul 12, 2011
  • 03:44 PM

Prince William dazzles Yellowknife crowd with a nod to local languages

Josh Wingrove / Globe and Mail
...The crowd really erupted, however, when he ended his speech with “Mahsi Cho” and “Quyanainni,” the Dene and Inuvialuktun words for “thank you.” He was then drowned out entirely by cheering.
  • Jun 21, 2011
  • 11:01 PM

More Inuit language instruction the key: Nunavut Literacy Council

Nunatsiaq News
The Nunavut Literacy Council says the federal government’s support for bilingual education in Inuit regions, called for by the new Inuit education strategy released this past week by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is “critical.”
  • Jun 19, 2011
  • 05:55 PM

Provincial archives honours missionaries who devised written language for First Nations

Gayle Simonson / Edmonton Journal
In The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (XXIII, 2(2003): page 287) authors R. Alison Lewis and Louis-Jacques Dorais suggest that the three languages most often written in the syllabic script, Ojibwa, Cree and Inuktitut, are the only three Canadian aboriginal languages with excellent chances of surviving up to the end of the 21st century...
  • Jun 16, 2011
  • 12:05 AM

'How to say 'I love you' in Greenlandic'

Cambridge Network
The Greenlandic language - famous for its many words for snow - expresses the Arctic ecosystem better than the writings of any climate scientist. It is indispensible for our understanding of the environment, yet UNESCO declares it to be in danger of extinction.
  • Jun 15, 2011
  • 12:30 AM

Ottawa to support recommendation for bilingual Inuit schooling

Bob Weber / The Canadian Press
Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan will back a report calling for Inuit children to receive bilingual education in their aboriginal language of Inuktitut and either English or French, The Canadian Press has learned.
  • Jun 11, 2011
  • 03:34 PM

Nunavut tables language law road map

Sarah Rogers / Nunatsiaq News
The Uqausivut Comprehensive Plan is intended to be a “roadmap” for Government of Nunavut departments and agencies to meet their obligations under Nunavut’s language act, which recognizes the Inuit language, English and French as the official languages of the territory.
  • May 14, 2011
  • 05:57 PM

Inupiaq inspires college graduate's interest in languages

Arctic Sounder
"My first exposure to another language besides English did not come in the conventional study of Spanish, French, or even Chinese," said Myles. "The first language I studied other than English was Inupiaq."