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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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What's in a name? How a government project forced surnames on Inuit

CBC | October 06, 2020

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Peter Irniq, a former commissioner of Nunavut and a guardian of Inuit culture and language, changed his name in 1999. His name Irniq translates to son in Inuktut. After using the name "Ernerk" (as a Roman Catholic priest had written it) for much of his life, he returned to the name his mother had given him and stopped using his E-number, E3-546. "I-R-N-I-Q is what I have always been," he said. "In 2000 I came back to who I have always been ever since I was born." Read more about Irniq's story, the disc system, and Project Surname here:

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