COMMUNICATION: OUR LANGUAGE, OUR SELVES
In Inuit society, language, culture and the individual are intertwined with each other. While the language has changed, the culture has transformed. Children do not lead the same lives as their parents,but the same inherent values and appreciation for their surroundings still exist.
Language is the voice for perceptions, values, myths and legends central to the survival of any culture. The influence and success of modern culture has removed many languages from the aboriginal cultures. In Nunavut, the evidence is clear. Very few children understand, let alone speak, the native language-Inuktitut. Children are the voice of the future and the Inuit government is taking a difficult and important step forward with their children in mind. An example is Inuktitut, one of Nunavut's three official languages, is now the working language of the government.
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