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The first time we held this celebration of Inuktut, it was called Inuktitut Uqauttin. That means “speaking in the Inuit way” (in the Igloolik dialect).
Uqauttin is the traditional plural form of uqausiq (“word,” “language”). This form is still used in Greenlandic (spelled as oqaatsit), in Inupiaq and Inuvialuktun (uqautchit/uqauttit), and in other western dialects of Inuktut. This form was commonly used by previous generations in the Eastern Arctic but it is not used very much now.
We consulted with communities across Nunavut about the name. Based on those consultations, we changed the name to Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq in 2005. We chose this name because it can be understood in all dialects. It means “celebration of our language.”