Süäüüelläi (alcarilinque) wrote in inuktitut,

News: Inuit urged to standardize language

Standardizing the language used by Inuit around the circumpolar world would help to preserve it, the former president of Canada's national Inuit organization says.

Speaking to delegates attending the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Barrow, Alaska, on Tuesday, Jose Kusugak made a passionate plea for a standard language and writing system in the Arctic.

Inuit from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia are at the gathering.

Kusugak, who led the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said Inuit speak one language from Alaska to Greenland, with many of the same sounds in the different dialects.

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I would love to see whether one common writing system would unite the Inuit peoples. They are spread so far across national and cultural boundaries, and their lifestyles and situations vary so widely. For example, the Greenlanders have a very well-developed mass media which includes newspapers, TV, radio and music recording.