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Arctic College publishes Dictionary of Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuktitut Postbase Suffixes

The Hon. Mr. Quassa, Sean Guistini NAC Manager of Resource Development, and Conor Cook at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.. The Hon. Mr. Quassa, Sean Guistini NAC Manager of Resource Development, and Conor Cook at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.. Photo: Eric Corneau

Today, the Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College and Minister of Education, the Honourable Paul Quassa presented a Minister’s Statement announcing the release of Nunavut Arctic College’s publication of “Utkuhiksalingmiut Uqauhiitigut Uqauhiliurut, Dictionary of Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuktitut Postbase Suffixes.”

This book was authored by Dr. Jean Briggs of Memorial University, along with linguists Dr. Alana Johns of University of Toronto, and Conor Cook of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit.

The Hon. Mr. Quassa addressed the Legislative Members saying: “Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Briggs, Dr. Alana Johns, and Conor Cook for their persistence, detail, and dedication to Inuktitut.

This book is an example of the important work that is possible through the collaboration of Nunavummiut and southern scholars. Mr. Speaker, this book is one example of many new and exciting projects of Nunavut Arctic College’s new publishing division.”

The Hon. Mr. Quassa is gifting copies to all members of the Legislature.

The full Minister’s Statement is included below.


Qujannamiik, Uqaqtitiji.

It is with excitement that I announce the release of Nunavut Arctic College’s latest publication, Utkuhiksalingmiut Uqauhiitigut Uqauhiliurut, Dictionary of Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuktitut Postbase Suffixes.

This book was authored by Dr. Jean Briggs of Memorial University, along with linguists Dr. Alana Johns of University of Toronto, and Conor Cook of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit.

Mr. Speaker, beginning in 1963, at Chantrey Inlet, in an effort to learn the Utkuhiksalingmiut dialect, Dr. Briggs began recording all the words she heard spoken around her as she lived as the adopted daughter of a camp family.

Many linguists took great interest in Dr. Briggs’ work as the Central Arctic dialect she was recording was largely unknown to the world. 

After the Utkuhiksalingmiut moved to the multi-dialectical town of Gjoa Haven, they expressed strong interest in having a dictionary of their dialect. They feared Utkuhiksalingmiutitut was being lost or greatly changed through contact with other Inuktitut dialects and with English. 

Mr. Speaker, this Nunavut Arctic College publication represents Dr. Briggs’ 50 years of dedication to the preservation of Utkuhiksalingmiutitut. This book is also an expression of Dr. Briggs’ gratitude to the Utkuhiksalingmiut who assisted her five decades of work. 

Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Briggs, Dr. Alana Johns, and Conor Cook for their persistence, detail, and dedication to Inuktitut. This book is an example of the important work that is possible through the collaboration of Nunavummiut and southern scholars.

Mr. Speaker, this book is one example of many new and exciting projects of Nunavut Arctic College’s new publishing division, and it is available for purchase at Arctic Ventures Marketplace, and online at amazon.ca. I encourage both northern and southern readers to continue preserving and promoting Inuit culture through our language and the joys of reading.

Qujannamiik, Uqaqtitiji.

 

 

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