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Northwest Territorians


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    • North-Westers
    • Northerners (Northwest Territories)
    • Northwesters
    • Nor'Westers
    • NWTers
    • Ténois
    • Territorians (Northwest Territories)
    • Territoriens (Northwest Territories)
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  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Nor'Westers
  • Sources

    • found: Language portal of Canada, viewed Apr. 28, 2015:(Answers - Demonyms 8: Nor'Westers; not Northwesters) Mar. 7, 2016 (the question and answer for Northwest Territories has been removed)
    • found: National post online, Jan. 31, 2013(Jesse Kline: The North wants in: If one thing has remained fairly constant throughout these expansions and contractions, it's the fight of Western Canadians - including Northwest Territorians - to control their own resources)
    • found: Dugas, J.-Y. Dictionnaire universel des gentilés en français, 2006(Territoires du Nord-Ouest: Ténois, Ténoise. Variant: Territorien, Territorienne)
    • found: Gentilés : gens du pays... 3, via Portail linguistique du Canada website, July 15, 2015(Territoires du Nord-Ouest: Ténois/Ténoise. The historic gentilic Territorien/Territorienne designated a person living in the Northwest, particularly during the period preceding 1905, the year of creation of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Ténois/Ténoise has become common for a person living in the Northwest Territories)
    • found: List of adjectival and demonymic forms of place names, via Wikipedia, Mar. 7, 2016(Northwest Territories: adjective: Northwest Territorian ("N.W.T."), demonym: Northwest Territorians, colloquial: "N.W.T.ers")
    • found: Let's visit Northwest Territories, 2003, via Google books, viewed Mar. 7, 2016:p. 5 (Native Northwest Territorian) p. 14 (the public service sector employs more Northwest Territorians than any other industry)
    • found: Spectacular Northwest Territories website [website of Northwest Territories Tourism], Mar. 7, 2016:About NWT > People (Northerners) About NWT > Who we are ("Northerners speak 'welcome' in no fewer than 11 official languages and many more, from countries that range from Armenia to Zimbabwe. ... Roughly half our 43,000 residents are First nations or Inuvialuit.") 2016 explorers' guide, p. 124 (Northerners)
    • found: Madden, K. Northwest Territories of Canada, via travel2next website, June 17, 2015, viewed on Mar. 7, 2016("After a long winter, Northwest Territorians take full advantage of the near 24-hours of sunlight, packing two days' activities into one.")
    • found: Email from Vera Raschke, Legislative Librarian of the Northwest Territories, July 6, 2015("On behalf of the librarians of the Northwest Territories (which includes those with work experience as NWT librarians spanning 10 years to 31 years) ... In addition to the librarians, I had polled long-time Northerners, politicians, news reporters, etc. and all agree that the residents of the Northwest Territories are definitely not called a 'Nor'wester'. I also looked through official government documents and other northern publications and did not find use of the term 'Nor'wester' in connection with the Northwest Territories. ... The reality is that there really is no term used for the residents of the Northwest Territories. We are usually referred to as 'residents of the Northwest Territories', largely due to the fact that the population of the Northwest Territories is compiled of a diverse population comprised of Dene, Metis, Inuit, Inuvialuit, and non-aboriginals.")
    • found: Email from Language portal of Canada to Vera Raschke, Legislative Librarian, Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, July 6, 2015("Thank you for contacting the Language Portal of Canada team. We have received your question regarding the term 'Nor'Westers' in our quiz 'Demonyms 8.' Since this quiz was created before I began working on the Language Portal, I am unsure what the original source was for the demonym in question. I suspect the source may have been the entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia for the term Nor'Wester <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/norwester/>, which includes the following statement: 'A native or resident of the Northwest Territories, usually non-Indian, may be called a Nor'Wester'. However, if this use of the term is so rare that it is unfamiliar to librarians in the Northwest Territories, it is probably not in common enough use to be proposed in our quiz. We will have this question removed from the quiz.")
    • found: Facts on Northwest Territories, via Canadian Only website, Mar. 7, 2016(Residents are known as: Territorians) - http://www.canadianonly.ca/nt_facts.html
    • found: The Canadian encyclopedia, via WWW, Mar. 7, 2016:Nor'Wester (Nor'Wester is a shortened version of North-Wester (variously spelled); historically, a North West Company agent, Wintering Partner or servant; a trader or engagé who winters in the hinterland; or a veteran of these experiences. In the plural the term may refer to the NWC itself. A native or resident of the Northwest Territories, usually non-Indian, may be called a Nor'Wester, but in the literature of the fur trade the term is usually associated with the NWC and its members.)
    • found: Wohlberg, M. Herd of NWTers heading to Ottawa's Northern Scene, in Northern journal, Feb. 26, 2013, viewed online Mar. 7, 2016(Nearly 70 artists from the Northwest Territories will descend on Ottawa along with cohorts from Nunavut, Yukon, Nunavik and Greenland for the first ever Northern Scene festival taking place at the end of April; NWT author Richard Van Camp; largest gathering ever of Northern artists south of the 60th parallel)
    • found: NWT Pride website, Mar. 7, 2016(NWTers)
    • notfound: David Appleyard's Overview of Territory-related words;Dickson, P. Labels for locals, 2006;Am. heritage dict.
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    • 2015-04-28: new
    • 2022-01-31: revised
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