Meaning of Northwest Territories Place Names

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Many common place names have their origins in First Nations languages. This article gives the tribal origin and meaning of some places in the Northwest Territories which may be familiar to you.

Deh Cho: “Big river” (Dene)

Inuvik: “the place of man” (Inuktitut)

Nahanni (National Park): “People of the West” (Athapaskan)

Pangnirtung: Adapted from the word meaning “place of the bull caribou”. (Inuktitut)

Qikiqtaruk (Territorial Park in the Yukon): “It is an island”. (Inuktitut)

Tuktoyaktuk: “place where there are caribou” (Inuktitut)