A land of many languages

A land of many languages

With 11 official languages, the Northwest Territories is a polyglot place, ringing with a chorus of dialects. Almost everyone here speaks English, but pretty nearly half of us speak a second (or third, or fourth) language. All of which means we have plenty of ways to say “welcome.” 

Chipewyan:    Márcı ją nuwe ghą núhdël  
Cree:    Tawaw  
English:    Welcome  
French:    Bienvenue  
Gwich’in:    Shòh hàh aanàii  
Inuinnaqtun:    Quana qaigaffi
Inuktitut:    Tunngasugit  
Inuvialuktun:    Quvianaqtusi qaigapsi  
North Slavey:    Máhsı hejǫ raxets’é ráwǝdǝ  
South Slavey:    Máhsı ejǫh nahxe tah anet’ı̨  
Tłı̨chǫ:    Sı̨nà, jǫ naxıghaèhda
 
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