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Iqaluit resident spurred to action as Inuktitut falters – The Record

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202432 Views

February 26, 2024

“We are the first residents of Iqaluit,” says Bernice Clarke, recalling her family history and her grandparents’ move from Kimmirut to Apex. “As I get older, I get more proud of that. Being a first resident is a pretty big deal.”

Clarke vigorously promotes and puts Inuit culture first in everything she does, such as teaching Inuktitut, government work, soap-making and TikTok creation. It’s her mission to fight what she calls “the virus” — the subtle erasure of Inuit language and culture by mainstream media and the English language.

Being of mixed-race but raised in Inuktitut and her mother’s culture on the land, Clarke wanted to raise her children the same way.

“It was so very hard,” she recalls, “because I had no support other than my husband encouraging me.”

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