Inuktitut, Eastern CanadianPrint
34,100 (2011 census).
Hudson Strait areas, east through Nunavut, southern Baffin Island, and northern coastal settlements of Quebec, continuing along North Atlantic coast, Newfoundland and Labrador.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Nunavut Territory (1988, Inuit Language Protection Act, Chapter 17). Statutory provincial working language in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56(Supplemented), Section 4), restricted official use.
Labrador Inuttut (“Labrador Eskimo” (pej.), Labrador Inuttitut), Mittimatalik (“Baffinland Eskimo” (pej.)), Rigolet Inuttut, Tarramiut (“Quebec Eskimo” (pej.)). A member of macrolanguage Inuktitut [iku].
Vigorous except in Labrador, where less than half are speakers. In Labrador average is over 20 years old; possibly a few children at Nain. Also use English [eng].
Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans], uses eastern finals.
In Northern Quebec and the Northwest Territories to the Central Arctic, it is spoken by over 90% of the population. Inuit is the name of the people, Inuktitut of the language.