Canadian Inuit Syllabic Writing

We first began to read and write our language about a hundred years ago when missionaries introduced a system of writing that we call "Syllabics." There are 32 different syllabic characters in the syllabic writing system.

At first missionaries used it as a means of teaching about the bible, but we quickly started to use syllabics for many other purposes.

Not all of the Canadian Inuit use syllabic writing. In fact, Moravian missionaries who came to Labrador from Germany in 1770 introduced the first writing and reading system. This system uses the Roman alphabet for writing our language; a system still used today in Labrador. In the western Arctic the Inuvialuit also use a Roman script for writing.
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada

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