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Northwest Territories



The NWT has a whopping 11 official languages: English, French, and nine aboriginal tongues, from Cree in the south to Inuvialuktun in the Arctic. Though the aboriginal languages have been eroded by cultural change and past government policies, they remain in daily use. There remain elders who speak no English. The phrase you’ll most likely hear is mahsi cho – Dene for ‘thank you very much.’ Don’t hesitate to use it.

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