Inuit Language Protection Act

Inuit Language Protection Act

 This is the only Act in Canada that aims to protect and revitalize a first peoples’ language. The aim is to increase the population of Inuit who can speak and read their language fluently. To help Nunavummiut achieve this goal, a new cabinet position of Minister of Languages was created under the act.

 What do I need to know?

 Starting this year, there is the right for parents to have their children receive instruction in the Inuit language if they are in kindergarten to grade three.

  • By September 2009, a new Language Authority, the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtii, will be created to establish language standards.
  • In 2011, Inuit will have the right to work for the Government of Nunavut in their own language.
  • By 2012, municipalities must offer services in the Inuit language.
  • By 2019, all school grades will have the right to an Inuit language education.

 Anything else?

 There will be an obligation for the public and the private sector to offer essential services in the Inuit language. This includes emergency, rescue, health, medical, pharmaceutical, household, residential, and hospitality services (municipalities by 2012). This date is to be decided by cabinet.

 Need More Information?

 For more detailed information on ILPA, please click here.

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