More than 40 Indigenous languages are spoken in the Arctic. View the 2019 exhibition map on linguistic diversity in the region.

Map of Arctic Indigenous languages.

This is an updated version of a map originally designed by the Arctic Council CAFF Working Group (2013).

Map disclaimer

The map broadly demonstrates Arctic Indigenous languages spoken by members of the Arctic Council Permanent Participant organizations (Indigenous Peoples Secretariat, 2019). The borders between the language families and locations are illustrative and not entirely precise. Most languages are written in English and not in their traditional orthographies. Different dialects are marked in italics to demonstrate diversity within languages.

The present map is under further improvement with the help of a network of linguists and Indigenous language experts. The goal is to create a comprehensive online educational resource. Please submit improvements, corrections, or interesting information about the revitalization of Arctic indigenous languages to: IPS@arctic-council.org

Map resources

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (CAFF, 2013); GRID-Arendal (GRID-Arendal/UN Environment, 2019), W.K. Dallmann (Norwegian Polar Institute, 2012), experts from the Arctic Council Permanent Participant organizations. The language classification for Haida is based on Schoonmaker et al., 1997, for Yukagir on advice from the Institute for the Peoples of the North, 2019.

Map citation

Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat and UiT The Arctic University of Norway University Library, 2019, Ságastallamin – Telling the story of Arctic Indigenous Languages Exhibition.

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