Inuttitut UKâlalluta, ilinniatitsiluta, InosiKalluta! Nunatsiavut Language Strategy
Vision: Speak it. Teach it. Live it.
Mission: To restore Inuttitut within families and communities.
The 2021-2026 Language Strategy sets forth the vision, mission and values that, combined with the three strategic pillars that were identified at the 2019 Language Summit, provide a framework for prioritizing projects and investments into Language that align with the years of work and input gathered from Nunatsiavut Government and its beneficiaries. This strategy is a key piece in reigniting a spark in beneficiaries and within our division that will allow us to progress the state of Inuttitut within Nunatsiavut and beyond.
While many strategies have numerous goals we have decided to focus on one overarching goal that would have three pillars. Those three pillars are then broken down into 3 goals with key objectives, initiatives and a proposed completion date. Our Goal is as follows:
“By 2026, there will be an increase in Nunatsiavut beneficiaries confidently conversing in basic, intermediate and/or expert levels of Inuttitut. They will have an increased sense of comfort and confidence when speaking Inuttitut within homes, social circles, gatherings and public events.”
From reviewing the research, previous conference reports and listening to the feedback during the Language Summit 2019 we have developed three significant pillars that will focus our work as we moving forward. The three pillars are: transmission; revitalization; and engagement. Below are the definitions that we use to ensure we are focused and clear on the direction we are taking under each.
Transmission: The passing of language between people through different ways: verbally; written; music and traditionally through traditional practices.
Revitalization: Develop strategies, programs and resources to preserve, protect and revive our language while understanding the complexity of our language loss, recovery and maintenance.
Engagement: To participate or become involved in language initiatives.
- Promoting an environment within communities to support self learning at home.
- Transmitting language through ways such as immersion on the land programs, classroom, online learning, resources, music, radio, Master Apprentice Programs etc.
- Train and recruit Inuttitut teachers within Nunatsiavut.
- Creating and implementing Language policies within the Nunatsiavut Government.
- Creating and actively working on Language Strategy.
- Communicate with communities and provide direction in language revitalization.
- Increasing number of beneficiaries participating in programming and services.
- Increasing speaking language at work, home, etc.
- Increasing community engagement in self-sufficient support.
Kajak Revival Project
The Kajak Revival Project is lead by Noah Nochasak in Nain. This project aims to revive the valuable traditional skill of the Kajak. Projects such as building Kajait, Kajait lessons to community members of all ages, collecting interviews from Elders on traditional knowledge of Kajait use in Labrador, as well as information sharing on Kajait knowledge.
Illusuak Culture Centre
The Illusuak Culture Centre is the gathering place that tells stories that make Labrador Inuit proud, by highlighting the long and strong Inuit history through architecture, design, and exhibits. Illusuak will bring people together to celebrate the culture and language of Labrador Inuit through interaction of community members, exhibits, programming and special events. It also houses the Café Illusuak and Craft shop. This beautiful space draws both local visitors and travelers who are then inspired to travel the rest of Nunatsiavut as well as the Torngat Mountains National Park.
Focused on the health of both our people and our heritage, numerous programs have been developed by this department’s divisions to promote and preserve that which makes us unique.
Culture / Language
Through a number of programs and initiatives, the centre is able to provide the resources necessary for our youth and adults to develop a pride and passion for who they are.
Archaeology and Heritage
As one of the original inhabitants of Canada, our people have a great history that we wish to both preserve and promote.
We are proud of the home of our people, and we aim to showcase its beauty to the world through a number of initiatives that develop both our economy and our culture.