Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun – Let’s Speak Inuinnaqtun

Inuinnait father and daughter cooking outdoor
Inuit Nunangat, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut
Education & Learning, Revitalization of Language & Culture
$1 Million

Driven by Inuinnait youth, with support from Elders, activists, families, and researchers, the Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun project addresses the critical reality that Inuinnaqtun-the foundation of Inuinnait culture-has fewer than 600 fluent speakers remaining. Without sustained, coherent action, this language will be extinct in less than two generations. Uqarluta Inuinnaqtun – Let’s Speak Inuinnaqtun aims to establish a partnership between communities to research, plan, coordinate, execute and evaluate Inuinnaqtun revitalization programming, including a full-time immersion program in each community delivered to youth; a mentor/apprentice program; and an intensive language documentation program. Expected outcomes include more fluent Inuinnaqtun speakers, increased intergenerational connectedness, enhanced cultural knowledge, higher self-esteem, and greater community wellness. The project could be replicated to sustain other critically endangered Inuit dialects in subsequent years.

Nominator: Aluki Kotierk
President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
Pamela Hakongak Gross, Executive Director, Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society (Team Leader), Amber Milukatak Adjun, Kobe Hitkoklok Aknavigak, Emily Angulalik Angulalik, Gwen Aittauq Angulallik, Topsy Aliknak Otoayuk Banksland, Helana Bolt, Richard Compton, Kimberley Arnatiaq Crockatt, Connie Hatogina Kapolak, Darren Hallallaaq Keith, Eva Konana Kogvik, Emily Niakoaluk Kudlak, Kendra Ohoveluk Kudlak, Mary Kongoatok Kudlak, Janet Tamalik McGrath, Rosemarie Avrana Meyok, Devon Albert Ningasik Notaina, Haugaaq Julia Ogina, Shelley Tulloch