Canada: Nunavut Language Laws

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Sun Apr 1 13:06:37 UTC 2007

Nunavut Language Laws

2007-03-31 10:46:15

The Government of Nunavut has taken a page from Quebec's Bill 101 language
legislation by introducing a bill that would enforce the use of Inuktitut
in public places. Nunavut Minister of Culture Louis Tapardjuk describes
the law as a means of "protecting the Inuit language for the future." The
proposed law states that organizations providing 'essential services'
would have to use Inuktitut signage at least "equally prominent with any
other signage use."

Tapardjuk expects the final legislation to return to the territorial
legislature before the end of the current session following public
consultations that should last for the next few weeks. More than half of
Canada's 30,000 Inuit still consider Inuktitut as their mother language.


N.b.: Listing on the lgpolicy-list is merely intended as a service to its members
and implies neither approval, confirmation nor agreement by the owner or sponsor of
the list as to the veracity of a message's contents. Members who disagree with a
message are encouraged to post a rebuttal.


More information about the Lgpolicy-list mailing list