• Langues & languages

    Languages of the First Nations

    Did you know? Cree, an Algonquian language, is spoken by more than 87,000 people in Canada, making it the country’s most spoken Aboriginal language.[1] According to the Statistics Canada 2006 Census, Inuktitut is the official language of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and it is spoken by more than 35,000 people.[2] Many of Canada’s place names have their roots in Aboriginal languages. Place names describe geographic realities in the eyes of Aboriginal peoples. In 1535, explorer Jacques Cartier was told in the Iroquoian or Huron language that the path to Stadacona (Quebec City) was Kanata, which is in fact the word for a village or a cluster of dwellings. Cartier…