Role of Languages Commissioner

The Languages Commissioner for Nunavut is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly who is appointed for a four-year term.

 Under the Official Languages Act (OLA) and the Inuit Language Protection Act (ILPA), the Languages Commissioner has a mandate to protect your language rights for the Inuit (Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun), French and English language.

The Languages Commissioner acts in the role of ombudsman and monitors, advises and advocates for language rights’ protection.

The Languages Commissioner does not:

  • Provide funding for language projects.
  • Provide translations or interpreting. The Government of Nunavut handles these services through the Language Bureau of the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth.