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Lack of Inuit language supports a key concern for advocates 20 years after Nunavut formed

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Fostering use of Inuit languages was a key aim in creating Nunavut, but 20 years later, NTI president Aluki Kotierk says there's been a 'failure' when it comes to providing essential services to the public in Inuktut.

Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson said during the Senate's study of the Indigenous Languages Act, it became 'very clear' that Inuit 'had been overlooked in consultations' by the Liberals. Photograph courtesy of the Senate of Canada

Twenty years after legislators carved out Nunavut from the Northwest Territories as a new, majority-Inuit territory, advocates say Ottawa must do more to protect and enhance language and culture to live up to that vision.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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