Participants in a Summit on the Unification of the Inuit Writing System agreed yesterday to recommend that jurisdictions formally explore the implementation of an Inuit writing system that is rooted in a standardized form of roman orthography, developed by Inuit for Inuit and introduced through the education system.
“I would like to thank Summit participants and everyone who has contributed to this work, including participants in consultation sessions, for their time, energy and expertise,” said National Inuit Leader Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and chair of the National Committee on Inuit Education (NCIE), which spearheaded the project.
“The consensus reached today builds on decades of work by many exceptional leaders and language experts. Today we honour their dedication and thank them for helping us to get to this point,” said Mary Simon, former chair of the NCIE, and co-chair, with Audla, of this week’s Summit.
Members of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq (AIT) Task Group will formally present this recommendation to the NCIE, which is made up of representatives of Inuit organizations and the governments responsible for delivering education at the provincial/territorial level on September 9.
Audla will present the recommendation to delegates attending the ITK annual general meeting on September 16. AGM delegates include the ITK board of directors (presidents of regional and national Inuit organizations) and their appointed representatives. Audla will also forward the recommendation to governments and language authorities throughout Inuit Nunangat and ask them to report progress within a year.