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Promoting the use of Inuktut, a founding language – Policy Options

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 201866 Views

The federal government and the private sector, including social media companies, can play a key role in ensuring the survival and growth of Inuktut.

July 9, 2018

Comparatively speaking, Inuktut is a strong Indigenous language. In Nunavut, 65 percent of the population identify Inuktut as their mother tongue. This means that Nunavut is the only jurisdiction in Canada with a homogeneous public majority language that is not one of the two official languages of Canada — French and English. Nunavut is the only jurisdiction in the Americas where the public majority speak a pre-European language.

In 1993, when Nunavut Inuit entered into an agreement with Canada, there was an expectation that our language, Inuktut, would become even more prominent in all public arenas, including in the delivery of programs and services by the public and private sectors.

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