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Duo goes to Nunavut/Duo ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒨᖅᑐᖅ

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Duo was ready to head off to another exciting place. This time he was headed to Nunavut, the largest and newest territory in Canada. Founded in 1999, Nunavut means “Our land” in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit that live there.

First, Duo decided to head to Iqaluit, the capital of the territory and its only city (the rest of the communities are hamlets).

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ (iqaluit)/Iqaluit/“Place of many fish”

As the capital and most populous settlement of Nunavut, Iqaluit is full of things to do. Duo first went to have a look at the nature, going along the Road to Nowhere – a road that leads out away from the city before abruptly ending, with beautiful scenery along the way. Later, during the night, he saw the beautiful northern lights, known in Inuktitut as ᐊᖅᓴᕐᓃᑦ (aqsarniit). Iqaluit is called the “place of many fish” because it has been used as a fishing area for thousands of years.


Next, Duo headed to Igloolik. Despite being able to fly, Duo decided to travel by plane, due to the frigid cold up in the Canadian arctic.

ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ (iglulik)/Igloolik/“Place of igloos”

In Igloolik, Duo watched people dog sledding on a ᖃᒧᑏᒃ (qamutiik) – the traditional Inuit sled – and went dog sledding himself. He also went on a tour to the floe edge, where wildlife such as walruses, seals, polar bears, and beluga whales gather. Igloolik is called the “place of igloos” in reference to the sod houses that used to be there, with ‘igloo’ referring to houses, not snow igloos.


After Igloolik, Duo travelled to Rankin Inlet.

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ (kangiqłiniq)/Rankin Inlet/“Deep inlet”

In Rankin Inlet, Duo went kayaking with other tourists. He also went and visited the Inukshuk in the community. The Inukshuks are stone cairns that appear all across the arctic, and the one in Rankin Inlet is well-known. Rankin Inlet is called the “deep inlet” due to its location in a large inlet.


Next, Duo went to Gjoa Haven.

ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅ (uqsuqtuuq)/Gjoa Haven/“Place of plenty blubber”

In Gjoa Haven, Duo watched a game of street hockey, and after that, watched an igloo being built and later slept in one during the short night. It was surprisingly cozy, but Duo definitely prefers his nest. Gjoa Haven is called the “place of plenty blubber” in reference to the large amount of sea mammals in the waters nearby.


Duo’s final stop was Resolute.

ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅ (qausuittuq)/Resolute/“Place with no dawn”

Resolute is one of the northernmost communities in Nunavut, second only to Grise Fiord. This far north, Duo was able to see the midnight sun, where the sun is above the horizon for 24 hours, including at midnight! Resolute is called the “place with no dawn” in Inuktitut because during the winter months it experiences the polar night, the opposite of the midnight sun. During this period of around 3 months, the sun never rises, with only a bit of light to the south on the horizon at noon. Duo also visited an old Thule whale bone house in Resolute.


Duo would have loved to visit more communities in Nunavut, but unfortunately he only had time to visit those five. However, he had an amazing experience, and also picked up a bit of the Inuktitut language. Working with Inuit he’d met during his voyage, he developed an Inuktitut course to share the language with the world.






ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᒪᕕᐅᒃ? (Do you want to learn Inuktitut?)

If so, you can check out this Memrise course: Inuktitut (South Baffin)


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