Inuit, which means “people, human beings”, is the name of the people that used to be called Eskimos. The Inuit people are famous for their steatite (soapstone) carvings and their engravings, highly prized by collectors and art galleries around the globe. In 1975, the Inuit, along with the Crees, were negotiating with the federal and provincial governments concerning the hydroelectric development of their ancestral lands. This period marked a turning point in their pursuit of self-determination. To this day, the majority of Quebec Inuit still speak their mother tongue, Inuktitut, with English, and for some even French, as their second language.