(March 6, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario). A distinguished applied linguist from York University has released a report warning that Inuit languages in Nunavut are in serious decline. Since 1991, the amount of Inuktut* spoken in Nunavut homes has dropped significantly. The report, Inuit Language Loss in Nunavut: Analysis and Forecast, reviews key data and assesses prospects for the Inuit language in Nunavut.
Professor Martin, who has been working extensively in all parts of Nunavut for nearly two decades, has concluded that if current trends away from Inuktut in homes and schools continue, within two generations, or by the year 2051, only four percent of Nunavut’s Inuit population may be relying on Inuktut in the home, and the language will be ‘definitely endangered’… [Read More]
Inuit Language Loss in Nunavut: Analysis, Forecast, and Recommendations