Inuktitut, Eastern CanadianPrint
34,100 (2011 census). All Inuktitut varieties 32,800 (2001 census).
West of Hudson Bay, east through Baffin Island, Quebec, 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.)).
Vigorous except in Labrador, where less than half are speakers. In Labrador average is over 20 years old; possibly a few children at Nain.
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.