Two-thirds of Inuit can speak Inuktut

An Inuit woman and her child pictured in 2009 in Nunavut. New data released by StatsCan show two-thirds of Inuit across Canada can carry on a conversation in Inuktitut. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)An Inuit woman and her child pictured in 2009 in Nunavut. New data released by StatsCan show two-thirds of Inuit across Canada can carry on a conversation in Inuktitut. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

 

By Nick Murray, CBC News Posted: Oct 25, 2017 10:53 AM CT Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017 3:25 PM CT

Two-thirds of Inuit can converse in Inuktut, according to new data released today by Statistics Canada from the 2016 census.

Inuktut is the term for all Inuit languages, including Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and Inuvialuktun.

That's largely unchanged since 2011, when two-thirds of Inuit reported the ability to converse in Inuktut, according to 2011's National Household Survey.

Inuktitut was by far the most spoken, with 39,770 Inuit — 56 per cent of all Inuit — reporting that they are able to speak it. The number is down from the 61 per cent of all Inuit who reported they speak Inuktitut in 2011.

Inuinnaqtun is the second-most spoken, with two per cent of all Inuit saying they can speak it in 2016. That's up from the 1 per cent of all Inuit reported speaking Innuinnaqtun in 2011.

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