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Qilaut 2015

The Department of Culture and Heritage – official languages division is pleased to announce the Qilaut Inuktut Songwriting Contest.  

Qilaut is Nunavut’s annual Inuktut songwriting contest, to celebrate our vibrant Inuktut music scene and inspire the creation of more original music in Inuktut.  

Nunavut residents, young and old, were invited to submit their original Inuktut songs for a chance to win cash prizes, and have their song recorded. Winning songs will be professionally recorded and produced as part of an album for Uqausittinnik Quviasuutiqarniq, our annual celebration of Inuktut and Inuit culture.  

The Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest celebrates Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene and promotes the use of Inuktut in all areas of daily life. This year, we received 24 submissions from emerging and well-seasoned Nunavut musicians. The songs were evaluated on their originality, creativity, melody and lyrics. The winning songs are:

Qilaut 2015 winning songs!
10 Winning songs from Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and Igloolik.
  1. Inunguqpunga: Mary Poisey and Joey Nowyuk, Pangnirtung
  2. Ataatama Anaanama:  Looee Arreak, Iqaluit
  3. Alianait Inuuniratta: Tim Evik, Pangnirtung
  4. Inutuungittuti: Monica Qattalik, Igloolik
  5. Qiarvaaqpaalituinnakuluk: Britania Twyee and Rene Aggark, Rankin Inlet
  6. Ataataga Iqqaqpara: Daniel Taukie and Tommy Tremblay, Iqaluit
  7. Qaujimagit: Esther Powell, Rankin Inlet
  8. Guutiga: Melissa Reid, Iqaluit, and Becky Han, Arctic Bay
  9. Taqqiqtillugu: Andrew Morrison and Nancy Mike, Iqaluit
  10. Utaqiniaqpagit: Esther Powell, Rankin Inlet

CD Launch: February 24, 2016. 

2015 Qilaut CD songs

For more information, please refer to linked documents above, or contact us:

(867) 975-5500  

Language week February 16 – 27 word of the day 2015

Jeannie Metuq, winner of the Traditional Word Contest held by the Department of Culture and Heritage.  332 entries were submitted by GN employees who guessed the meaning of traditional tuq&urausiit, family, relatives and friends relation terms. This was the theme of 2015 Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to all of the winners!