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Legislation Promoting and Protecting Inuktut in Nunavut - Susan Enuaraq

3:00 PM, Friday 4 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
Nunavut is celebrating 20 years as a Territory. Inuit self-determination has been a pivotal role in creating Nunavut. Inuktut is one of the most important aspects of Nunavut. There are two legislations in Nunavut that promote and Protect Inuktut: Inuit Language Protection Act and the Official Languages Act. This presentation will talk about these two pieces of Legislation and how they promote and protect Inuktut in Nunavut.

Inuit Language Protection Act: Applies to organizations in Nunavut and stipulates their obligations for providing services in Inuktut. It also includes the rights and obligations to support education in Inuktut and as a working language. This act also establishes the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit (Inuit Language Authority) and sets out the responsibilities of the Minister of Languages.

Official Languages Act: The Inuit Language, English and French are the official languages of Nunavut. This act set out the role of the Languages Commissioner. This act also stipulates the obligations of the Territorial Institutions. Under this act the Languages Commissioner can commence investigations about language rights in Nunavut.

Government of Nunavut