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Western Nunavut’s hub to test the waters for changing its name – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201971 Views

16 October, 2019

“It will give us Inuinnait and non-Inuit alike … a sense of pride and identity”

CAMBRIDGE BAY—When voters in western Nunavut’s hub head to the polls Oct. 28 to elect a new mayor and councillors, they will also be asked whether they’d like to change the name of the community to the traditional Inuinnaqtun word for the area.

Cambridge Bay is now named for Prince Adolphus, duke of Cambridge, who died in 1850. The traditional Inuinnaqtun name for the area—spelled in various ways as Iqaluktuuttiaq Ikaluktutiak, Iqaluktuttiaq, Iqaluktuuttiaq or Ekaluktutiak—means “good fishing place.”

The results of the plebiscite will not be binding but will then go to the new municipal leaders.

The idea for the name change was brought up during a “Seeds for the Future” meeting on the community’s development, which was held earlier this year, said chief administrative officer Marla Limousin.

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