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Northern Official Languages (in Nunavut).

Culture, Language, Elders and Youth Minister Jack Anawak has asked the federal government to consider Nunavut's special Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun needs in the proposed federal official languages action plan.

"On April 1, 1999, the linguistic landscape of Canada changed when a minority language suddenly became a majority language with the creation of Nunavut. While we appreciate the bilingual nature of Canada, we also hope the new federal action plan being developed will consider and respect the aspirations and circumstances of the Inuit," Minister Anawak said. "Federal funding for Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun must consider the fact that 85% of Nunavummiut are Inuit attempting to preserve their language."

Minister Anawak and departmental officials also held meetings with Minister Dion and Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, as well as with senior federal officials, to seek enhanced funding for Inuktitut language initiatives. "The only way we are going to convince the federal government of the importance of Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun in Nunavut and to support funding of language initiatives at an appropriate level is to continue to knock on the doors of the federal ministers and officials involved," Minister Anawak said.
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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