Avataq Cultural Institute, the Inuit cultural organisation of Nunavik (Northern Québec, Canada), commissioned Typotheque to create an Inuktitut version of Fedra Sans for the organisation’s purposes.

Inuktitut is one of the principal Inuit languages of Canada. It is spoken by some 50,480 people, chiefly in the Inuit regions of Labrador, Québec but also in Manitoba, and in the territory of Nunavut. It is one of the aboriginal languages written using the Canadian syllabary.

Typotheque has worked closely with Marvin Harder, the creative director of Avataq, to create a strong contemporary font for use both in print and online. One of the main challenges was to create harmonious spacing of the font for the Inuktitut and Latin characters, as they are commonly used together in bi-script settings. Because of its geometric structure and abundance of open shapes, Inuktitut seems looser in text, so Fedra Sans Inuktitut contains thousands of kerning pairs to optimise Inuktitut text setting. It also automatically spaces Inuktitut words wider than Latin words.

Fedra Sans Inuktitut is available for standard font licensing.

† Fedra Sans Inuktitut comes with Stylistic Sets that change the preferred Nunavik forms of the ng character to forms favoured in Nunavut.

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