Inuit Dialects in Nunavut

How many Inuktut dialects are there in Nunavut? Among Inuit, as well as among linguists there is no consensus. Nonetheless, most would group the different forms of speaking Inuktut according to the table below.

Keep in mind that even within a dialect there can be a number of variations (known as subdialects). For example, there are differences in pronunciation between Iqaluit and Panniqtuuq, which are neighbouring communities.

dialect community
Inuinnaqtun

Qurluqtuq (Kugluktuk)

Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay)

Ulukhaqtuq (Ulukhaktok), N.W.T.

Nattilingmiutut 

Uqšuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven)

Talurjuaq (Taloyoak)

Kuugaarjuk (Kugaaruk)

Qamani’tuarmiutut

Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)

Paallirmiutut

Tikirarjuaq (Whale Cove)

Arviat

Aivilingmiutut

Naujaat 

Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet)

Salliq (Coral Harbour)

Kangiqłiniq (Rankin Inlet)

Qikiqtaaluup uangnangani 

(North Qikiqtaaluk) 

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River)

Iglulik (Igloolik)

Sanirajak

Qausuittuq (Resolute)

Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)

Qikiqtaaluup nigiani

(South Qikiqtaaluk)

Iqaluit

Kimmirut

Kinngait

Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung)

Qikiqtarjuaq

Sanikiluarmiutut Sanikiluaq

There is increasing mobility in Nunavut as Inuit leave their home communities in search of opportunities for work and education.  In larger centres, and especially in the capital, Iqaluit, one can hear a range of dialects spoken in the same community.