Friday, April 20, 2012
Following on with the Nunatsiavut presidential elections:
One of the elected members of the assembly asked of all the candidates-
seemingly language is an issue... I would like to see a presidential candidate debate in Inuktitut... your thoughts please... nakummek.
Was posted to the Facebook pages on the 23th April.
It would seem that Sarah Leo responded to Dan in person, and he seems satisfied.
Another candidate, Johannes Lamp responded in writing, in Inuttut:
InoKatiget Inuktitut uKâlaKatigeligamik Kuviasukatigedlutik tusannidlasongummata. Sivulliviniptinut taimailiuligapta ataKattagapta ikKaumadlugit Kanuk uKâlakaktalaunningit sugusiudluta tukisiadlugit, inosuktodluta nâlagasuakaktadlugit, inummagiuligakta uKausigiKaktalauktangit ikKaumajâgikaktadlugit puiguniangitavut inosivut nâllugu. Taimaiktusaugaluagivugut Kitungavut ingutavut Kimaikvigingikuktigit uKausiptnik angijualummik uggualutik kingomaksilâktut. Taimaimmat kavamavut sivukkataktiugialiugaluak uKausiptinik atuksialuni suliaKakvimi, ilinniavikmi angiggami nanituinnaugaluakpat. Ilangit uKausimminik asiujisimanigâktogaluat Kaujimavunga asiujisimalungitut uKausiminut pulautjausimatuinnatut ânnitausimanimminut, mitautigijausimanimminut, nangagijausimanimminut pijagijausimanimminut. Tamakkua saipatsataugialet Kinuiksâvigillugit pitsialugit nagligillugit. Taimâk uKausituKangit uKanginnut utigajaktut Kaujimaligutik kappiasâktauniagunnainimmi
I took the liberty of getting the above translated, not by a professional translator so it may not be perfect, but then what is:
It is so good to hear Inuit talking to each other in there own language. It attaches us to our past, we remember how they spoke Inuttitut to us as children and we understood them.
And now as adults we won’t forget their words. .
We should be like them, leave our language to our children, grandchildren, and if we don’t all do that all it will be is a memory to them.
Our government should set an example by using Inuttut in the workplace, and in the schools, at home and anywhere.
Some of our people say they have lost the language, but I know it is inside them. They did or did not use it because we laughed or made fun of them.
That is why we have to encourage and support them to learn their language. If we do that it will encourage them to speak it more.
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