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 Nattilingmiutut dialect of Inuktut.
Assisting Miriam Aglukkaq (right) in her life's work of collecting Nattilingmiutut vocabulary and publishing this ongoing dictionary. This site will provide a link to a digital version of this collection. It is anticipated that the collection will be continually updated with additional entries.
The syllabics chart on the left, has the additional
Nattilik sounds on the last four rows of the chart. (These are the syllabics for the sounds hi, hu, ha down to chi, chu, cha )
The first fifteen rows are the same as the ICI syllabics. As a complete set of syllabics, it becomes possible for Nattilingmiutut to have a syllabic symbol to represent every sound of the language, and for its writing system to be standardized.
Producing recordings and programs to preserve and maintain the traditions of Nattilingmiutut 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 elders, and community input, a few additional syllabics were created to add to the ICI standardized collection so that the written language has a standardized symbol for each sound.
(Nattilingmiutut has more sounds than most Inuit language dialects.)
Publications in the Nattilingmiutut dialect have been created, by the Ikajuqtigiit Society, the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Arctic College, and other independent publishing companies.The Ikajuqtigiit Society provides the custom font to the publishers, so all the syllabic characters will print as input.
With the recent approval of these characters to the worldwide unicode collection there soon may be no need for a separate custom font. Look for posted updates on this development.
These extra syllabics, make it possible for anyone, from any Inuit dialect that uses syllabics, to be able to read and pronounce the words of this dialect.
The Ikajuqtigiit Society has been providing custom Inuktut/Nattilik, syllabic keyboards that can be installed on Windows or Apple. The keyboards include the few additional Nattilingmiutut sounds.
Keyboard stickers are also available.
These Nattilik custom keyboards need to be manually installed on your computer. We distribute these on demand by a data stick together with a custom version of Euphemia CAS. (version 2.9.2) We also can include keyboard stickers, installation instructions , and a copy of the appropriate keyboard map, as seen above.
note:The keyboard layouts, and the custom Euphemia 2.9.2 font , were created for the Ikajuqtigiit project by Ross Mills, Tiro Typeworks. The ownership of these Nattilik keyboard layouts belong to the Nattilik community , and are 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.