Ikajuqtigiit is a society with Inuktut language documentation and revitilization goals, located in the Qitirmiut region of Nunavut. Most of its language projects focus on the needs of the Natchilingmiutut dialect of Inuktut.
Assisting Miriam Aglukkaq (right) in her life's work of collecting Natchilingmiutut vocabulary
Below is a link to the digital version of this living dictionary that is being created through a project called, Iguaqšuqti: Natchlingmiutut Kitqikhautit.
Updated versions of the dictionary, that is now called Natchilingmiut Uqauhingit will continue to be published on this site.
The syllabic chart on the left, has the additional
Natchilik sounds on the last four rows of the chart. These are the syllabics for the sounds hi, hu, ha down to chi, chu, cha. These are all unicode syllabic characters since October 2020!!
The first fifteen rows are the same as the ICI syllabic chart. With four additional syllabic characters to represent four additional sounds, it becomes possible for Natchilingmiutut to have a syllabic symbol to represent every sound of the language, so that its writing system can be standardized.
Producing recordings and programs to preserve and maintain the traditions of Natchilingmiutut chant songs, and drum dancing
The Ikajuqtigiit Society would like to thank the following organizations for their funding support that has made all this possible.
With the 2020 acceptance of the Natchilik extra syllabics by the worldwide Unicode Committee , all four extra syllabic characters required to write the sounds of Natchilingmiutut now have unicode status. We are working on a more permanent solution to replace the need to install a custom keyboard.
The keyboard above has been developed for Macintosh OS systems. This keyboard still has to be manually installed on your computer and we are trying to have this keyboard included in the pull down menu of keyboards on Apple machines. A Windows version of this keyboard is being developed.
The NOTO SANS CANADIAN ABORIGINAL fonts available by Google have all been updated to include the newest unicode collection of letters and symbols. Other syllabic fonts will have all the necessary Natchilik characters as they become
Keyboard stickers are also available.
We distribute the Inuktut-Nattilik keyboard for Mac OS by request and send it out on a data stick. We can also include keyboard stickers, installation instructions , and a copy of the appropriate keyboard map, as seen above.
The ownership of this Inuktut- Nattilik keyboard layout belongs to the Natchilik community , and is therefore open source.
We have published a number of children's books, games and language resources , that are described under the Products section of the website.
Contact Hadlari Consulting for more information on, or to request any of the publishing and computer tools.