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NEWS: Nunavut February 02, 2018 - 10:30 am

Welcome to Nunavummiut Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq

February is Inuktut-language month in Nunavut

This month, Nunavummiut are encouraged to celebrate Inuit language and culture.
This month, Nunavummiut are encouraged to celebrate Inuit language and culture.

February is Inuktut-language month, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, a time for Nunavummiut to celebrate Inuit language and culture.

And the theme for this year’s celebration is Inuit Ukpirijangit Unikkaangillu—Inuit beliefs and myths.

“Inuit beliefs and myths have been passed on in our language for thousands of years,” said Nunavut’s minister of languages, David Joanasie, in a Feb. 1 release.

“I encourage parents, educators, elders and youth to share them with one another, and speak Inuktut every day at home, at work, and in our communities. Celebrate our language and culture!”

As part of this year’s celebration, the Department of Culture and Heritage will release recordings of the 2017 winners of Qilaut, Nunavut’s annual Inuktut songwriting contest.

The winning songs will be available online and on CD.

Inuktut resources and books reflecting this year’s theme of Inuit beliefs and myths have also been distributed to every school, daycare and library in the territory, the Government of Nunavut said in its release.

Later this month in Iqaluit, the Nunavut-based publishing house, Inhabit Media, will hold a book-signing and meet-and-greet with a dozen of its children’s book authors, including Germain Arnaktauyok, Nadia Mike and Aviaq Johnston.

That event, held in collaboration with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, will take place Feb. 25, at the Frobisher Inn, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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