Correct use of Inuit and Inuk
To standardize the use of Inuit and Inuk in the federal public service, the Translation Bureau recommends the following:
English - Singular noun
- Inuk is the singular noun. It is always capitalized:
- the first Inuk to play in the NHL
French - Singular noun
- Inuit is the masculine noun. It is always capitalized:
- Un Inuit du Nord canadien
- Inuite is the feminine noun. It is always capitalized:
- L'œuvre d'une Inuite
Note: Inuk is no longer used in French.
English - Plural noun
- Inuit is the plural noun. It is always capitalized:
- Inuit enjoy the arrival of spring.
Note: Because Inuit means "the people," do not use the or people with Inuit:
- Inuit use traditional hunting methods.
(not The Inuit or The Inuit people)
French - Plural noun
- Inuit and Inuite both take an "s" in the plural form. They are always capitalized:
- les Inuits qui vivent au nord du 60e parallèle
- les Inuites et les autres femmes autochtones
English - Adjective
- Inuit is the adjective. It is always capitalized:
- Storytelling is an Inuit tradition.
French - Adjective
- The adjective inuit agrees in both gender and number with the noun it modifies. It is never capitalized:
- la culture inuite
- des chanteuses inuites
- des artistes inuits
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