A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Western Canada Inuktun, Western Canadian Inuit, Western Canadian Inuktitut

410 (2011 census).


Scattered coastal settlements, Northwest Territories, Beaufort Sea, Mackensie River mouth east into Nunavut; Victoria Island area, communities of Kugluktuk, Umingmatok, Bathurst Inlet, and Iquluktuuttraq, east to King William Island, and Boothian and Melville peninsula settlements; south along the northwest coast of Hudson Bay.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial working language in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56 (Supplemented), Section 4), restricted official use.


Natsilingmiutut (Natsilik, Netsilik, Netsilik Inuit), Siglitun (Inuvialuktun, Siglit). A member of macrolanguage Inuktitut [iku].

Language Use

Vigorous in Caribou and Netsilik. In Commer and west, used by parent and grandparent generations (1995 M. Krauss). Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Dictionary. NT: 1983.

Latin script [Latn]. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans].