A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Western Canada Inuktun, Western Canadian Inuit, Western Canadian Inuktitut
Inuinnaqtun, ᐃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓐ‎ (Inuvialuktun)

1,020 (2016 census).


Northwest Territories: Beaufort sea, Mackensie river mouth east into Nunavut; Victoria Island area, Kugluktuk, Umingmatok, Bathurst Inlet, and Iquluktuuttraq communities, east to King William Island, and Boothian and Melville peninsula settlements; Hudson Bay northwest coast.

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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. Language of recognized indigenous peoples: Inuvik Native.


Natsilingmiutut (Natsilik, Netsilik, Netsilik Inuit), Siglitun (Inuvialuktun, Siglit), Inuinnaqtun. The names of the sub-dialects of Inuinnaqtun are: Kangiryuarmiutun, Coppermine, Bathurst, and Cambridge. The names of the sub-dialects of Natsilingmiutut are: Natsilik, Arviligjuaq, and Utkuhikhalik. 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]. Used as L2 by Inuit Sign Language [iks].

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].

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