GN seeks feedback on Inuktitut terminology


Nunavut’s department of culture, language, elders and youth would like feedback on terms recommended by interpreters and translators, language professionals and elders who met to develop Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun words and expressions used in collecting and reporting on statistics.

The GN would like feedback from language professionals and the public as well as from elder and youth committees. Staff at the GN’s language bureau will see how well the terms work in translating actual documents dealing with statistics.

If the recommended terms stand the test, they will be added to Asuilaak, the Nunavut living dictionary ( The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth will print and distribute glossaries of these terms to the public once they have been finalized.

This was the second terminology workshop held this year. A similar workshop dealing with financial terminology was held in May in Iqaluit. The recommendations of that workshop are still under review. The department will continue to host terminology workshops and has started planning the next one, which will take place sometime in October.

The recommended terminology can be viewed on the governments website at

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