8. Language Lesson 3: Inuktitut


Have students…

A) Practice saying the Inuktitut words and phrases.

B) Write their name in Inuktitut. Refer to the syllabic chart. Translate the word on the worksheet.

C) Examine the written materials. Write down two interesting points you read about Inuit people.

Introduction: Inuktitut is the language of the Inuit people who inhabit Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory. Their writing uses symbols that represent syllables. Use of Inuktitut symbols is about 100 years old. For centuries, Inuit had no need for a written language. However, with increased contact with people from other parts of the world, it became important to communicate in writing. A system of writing similar to shorthand was introduced in 1894. The Inuit accepted it, and it is now used by both Inuit and Cree peoples.


Student Worksheet