Which dialect should I learn?

Nunavut does not have a standard dialect that you can use in all communities.  So, the choice of which dialect to learn has everything to do with the community in which you will be spending most of your time.

Tusaalanga contains materials on five of Nunavut’s biggest dialects:

South Qikiqtaaluk is the dialect spoken in the communities of southern Baffin Island, including the capital, Iqaluit.

North Qikiqtaaluk is spoken in northern Baffin Island as well as the communities of Iglulik and Sanirajaq (Hall Beach) Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord) and Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay).

Paallirmiutut is spoken in the Kivalliq region, mainly in the communities of Arviat, Tikirarjuaq (Whale Cove) and Kangiqłiniq (Rankin Inlet).

Nattilingmiutut is spoken in the eastern part of the Qitirmiut (Kitikmeot) region, in the communities of Uqšuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Talurjuaq (Taloyoak) and Kuugaarřuk (Kugaaruk).

Inuinnaqtun is spoken in Qurluqtuq (Kugluktuk) and Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay).

The two Qikiqtaaluk dialects share much in common as do the two western dialects, Nattilingmiutut and Inuinnaqtun.  In between, Kivallirmiut has some characteristics of each.