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February 18, 2014

Extra week expands activities to Nunavut schools

Nunavut’s two-week celebration of the Inuit language opened Feb. 17 with a challenge to Inuit language-speakers to “go beyond their comfort zone and try to speak!”

The challenge comes from Nunavut’s languages commissioner Sandra Inutiq, whose office, in collaboration with the territorial government, expanded this year’s celebrations to two weeks, Feb. 17 to Feb. 28.

The language celebration, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, usually coincides with schools’ week-long mid-winter break, but this year’s “Inuit Language Weeks” includes an extra week so that schools have a chance to encourage and promote the use of Nunavut’s official languages, Inutiq said.

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