Fonds 363 - Languages Commissioner of the Northwest Territories fonds

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Languages Commissioner of the Northwest Territories fonds

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  • 1984-1996, 2012 (Creation)

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4.1 cm of textual material

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The NWT Official Languages Act created the position of Language Commissioner and in December 1991, the Legislative Assembly appointed the first NWT Languages Commissioner, Betty Harnum. The Languages Commissioner is appointed for a four-year term and he/she is responsible for the following: promotion of the eight official languages in the NWT, ensure the recognition of the status, rights and privileges of Official Languages speakers and the spirit and intent of the Official Language Act, and encourage the advancement of activities in aboriginal languages. In addition, the Language Commissioner acts as an impartial mediator to resolve complaints about Official Languages and the Act, and conducts investigation ensuring that the rights, status and privileges of each of the eight official languages in the Northwest Territories are protected within government institutions. The Language Commissioner also monitors quality of services in the eight official languages provided to the GNWT and the Legislative Assembly and is responsible for making recommendations to the government or the Legislative Assembly to improve or change services or programs. An annual report from this office is submitted to the Legislative Assembly in order to report on activities and make suggested changes to legislation.

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This fonds consists of textual material from the Office of the Language Commissioner. The material includes five copies of the brochure "The Languages of Our Land" which contains basic information about the purpose and content of the NWT Official Languages Act. The brochures are in the languages of English, French, Cree, Tlicho (Dogrib), Chipewyan, Gwich'in, North Slavey, South Slavey, Inuinnaqtun and Inuvialuktun. In addition there is a copy of the report "The Richness that Language and Culture Brings" which is an Impact Study of Canada-NWT Languages Agreements (1984-1996) and the Aboriginal Languages Directory (2012) and its accompanying References and Citations Companion.

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  • English
  • French
  • Cree
  • Chipewyan
  • Gwichʼin

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  • Latin

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Material from G-2003-003 written in English, French, Cree, Dogrib, Chipewyan, Gwich'in, North Slavey, South Slavey, Inuinnaqtun and Inuvialuktun.

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Access restricted under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Copyright held by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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