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.
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.