[lg policy] bibitem: (Canada): Reconciling Indigenous and Settler Language Interests: Language Policy Initiatives in Nunavut

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Journal of Canadian Studies
Volume 43, Number 2, Spring 2009
E-ISSN: 1911-0251 Print ISSN: 0021-9495

DOI: 10.1353/jcs.0.0094

Reconciling Indigenous and Settler Language Interests: Language Policy
Initiatives in Nunavut
Annis May Timpson

Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 43, Number 2, Spring 2009, pp.
159-180 (Article)
DOI: 10.1353/jcs.0.0094
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Subject Headings:

Language policy -- Nunavut.
Nunavut -- Languages -- Law and legislation.

This essay examines some of the issues that shape current debates
about the development of language politics and language policies in
Nunavut. It considers the demography of language use in Nunavut and
examines how Inuit and federal government perspectives have shaped the
broader political and constitutional context in which language policy
is being addressed. It then considers the institutional context that
shapes language policy development in Nunavut, before examining two
key interconnected language policy arenas in Nunavut: the language of
instruction in schools and the language of work in government.
Finally, the essay considers recent language legislation in Nunavut,
highlighting how this seeks to combine a
rights-oriented/anti-discrimination approach to official languages
with legislation to protect the Inuit Language from further erosion.


Le présent article examine certaines des questions qui alimentent les
débats actuels concernant l’élaboration des droits et politiques
linguistiques au Nunavut. Il évalue l’utilisation démographique des
langues au Nunavut et comment les perspectives des Inuits et du
gouvernement fédéral ont façonné le contexte politique et
constitutionnel plus vaste dans le cadre duquel les politiques
linguistiques sont traitées. L’article se penche ensuite sur le
contexte institutionnel qui oriente l’élaboration des politiques
linguistiques au Nunavut, puis examine deux domaines clés
interconnectés des politiques linguistiques au Nunavut : la langue
d’instruction dans les écoles et la langue de travail au sein du
gouvernement. Finalement, l’article examine la législation
linguistique récente au Nunavut et fait ressortir comment celle-ci
veut combiner une démarche orientée vers les droits et
l’anti-discrimination vis-à-vis les langues officielles avec une
législation visant à protéger la langue inuit contre toute érosion

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