People of Nunavut fight to save Inuktitut language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 22 14:48:28 UTC 2008

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People of Nunavut fight to save Inuktitut language

The Ecole des Trois Soleils sits atop a large hill with a commanding view of
Frobisher Bay. The red and yellow striped building opened in 2001. About 50
young francophones between the ages of 5 and 14 come to classes here to be
educated in their mother tongue, in spacious classrooms of about 15 students
each. That the school exists in a community of 6,000, in a territory where
fewer than 450 people have French as their first language, is remarkable.
"And it's only there because of the fact that there's legislation. It would
be ideal if we were in that situation," says Terry Audla.

As executive director of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, representing Inuit
in the Baffin region, Audla is hoping that new language legislation will
give Nunavut the power to establish Inuktitut-language education throughout
the territory.

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