Nunavut author Nadia Sammurtok publishing books in English and Inuktitut

February is Inuit Language Month which is a big deal in Nunavut where around 76 per cent of the population can hold a conversation in Inuktitut.

To keep the language alive, Nunavut schools need Inuktitut books and authors.

That’s where Nadia Sammurtok comes in.

She began writing books for children while attending the Nunavut Teacher’s Education program.

Now she writes in English and the books are published in English and  Inuktitut.

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Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.