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2013 Inuit Language Week

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Inuit Language Week 2013

Nunavut’s Inuit Language Week is an occasion to reflect collectively on the importance of our language, and what it means for the future of our territory. This year’s theme is Keep Our Language Strong – Speak Inuktut.

“As Minister of Languages, I urge all Nunavummiut to keep our language strong by speaking and using it every day, particularly with our children – they will be the ones to carry the torch into the future and make it thrive,” said the Honourable James Arreak, Minister of Culture and Heritage.

Nunavut’s Inuit Language Week is held on February 18-22, 2013. Among this year’s activities, the Department of Culture and Heritage is releasing a coloring storybook for children and launching a CD with birthday songs in Inuktut. The department also collaborated with the Office of the Languages Commissioner and will release a poster for the private sector.

Inuktut is a traditional and single term, and designates both the regional variants of the Inuit Language – Inuinnaqtun used in the western part of the Kitikmeot and Inuktitut in the rest of Nunavut. All Nunavummiut are encouraged to celebrate and use Inuktut at home, in the community and in school.

For more information on Inuit Language Week, please visit ch.gov.nu.ca