Actions and Commitments: Call to Action # 14

Exploring Stakeholder: "Government of Northwest Territories"

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July 26, 2022

What We Heard Report released on proposed amendments to the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act.

NationTalk: The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has released its What We Heard Report on proposed amendments to the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act. The department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) invited Indigenous Governments, Francophone organizations, Language Board representatives and the public to provide their feedback on the proposed amendments. These amendments seek...

July 18, 2022

Government of Canada invests $17.7M over 3 years through Canada–Northwest Territories Agreement on Indigenous Languages

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the Government of Canada’s investment of $17,700,000 over three years (2021–22 to 2023–24) through the Canada–Northwest Territories Agreement on Indigenous Languages. The Government of Canada and the Northwest Territories recognize the importance of Canada’s sustained support for the efforts of Indigenous Peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain...

December 9, 2021

“What We Heard Report: Education Act Modernization”

The Discussion Paper “What We Heard Report: Education Act Modernization” identified three current challenges and considerations related to the effective development and implementation of language and culture programs in schools. These challenges helped to frame the engagement sessions and the questions asked in surveys. Legislative: A lack of regulatory guidance to follow in establishing and...

June 29, 2021

Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting funding

Under the Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting component of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, $1.9 million will be directed to the Inuvialuit Communications Society, Native Communications Society of the N.W.T. and Norman Wells Land Corporation. Funding is being allocated over two years, providing operational stability for the production and broadcasting of culturally relevant radio and television...

March 13, 2019

Review of Official Languages law

The law governing official languages in the Northwest Territories is ill-suited for the territory and ready for an overhaul during its upcoming review, the territory’s languages commissioner says. “We’re at that point,” said Shannon Gullberg, the languages commissioner. “We’ve been operating under a model that really mimics the federal model for a long time. “The federal legislation...

January 1, 1990

Official Languages Act

The Official Languages Act of the NWT recognizes 11 official languages, including 9 Aboriginal languages, 3 of them Inuit that have equality of status in the Legislative Assembly and NWT government institutions. The territorial government has created the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat. The NWT also has an Official Languages Policy, Aboriginal Languages Revitalization Board Regulations, and an Aboriginal Languages Plan. The territory...

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