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First French language services strategic plan released

by aanationtalk on October 25, 2012494 Views

Yellowknife (Wednesday, October 24, 2012) – The first strategic plan on French language services offered by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) was tabled today at the Legislative Assembly.

 To date, the GNWT has not had an inclusive plan for French communications and services offered in government facilities. In March 2009, the Court ordered the GNWT to draft a comprehensive implementation plan to address communications and services under the Official Languages Act.  An interdepartmental government committee was struck together with the Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT) to consult with stakeholders, gather information, and produce a strategic plan that would guide implementation of improved services to the Francophone community accessing GNWT services.

 “We have worked diligently over the past five years to ensure we have explored all avenues that lead to delivery of improved services in French,” said the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister Responsible for Official Languages.  “This will provide a service standard across all government departments that will be thorough and meet the needs of our Francophone residents in the North.”

 The plan includes three frameworks which cover all aspects of service delivery, roles and responsibilities of the GNWT.  The legislative and regulatory framework provides guidelines under the Official Languages Act, existing regulations and required regulations; the administrative framework guides services and communications, roles and responsibilities, human resources, planning and reporting, audits and evaluations, and ongoing consultations; and the operational framework oversees the consultation committee, strategic and annual French language services plans, costs, and proposed timelines.

 “The development of the plan is a noteworthy achievement in the history of the relationship between the GNWT and the Fédération franco-ténoise.  It is the result of a straightforward negotiation process and responsible collaboration that will benefit the public interest as well as that of the NWT Francophone language community,” said Richard Létourneau, President of the FFT.  “The Francophone language community is an important component of our northern society and contributor to its social, economic and cultural development.  This plan for improved communications and services will further help expand the opportunities available for the French residents in the north, and our community will actively sustain its implementation.”

For more information contact:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222
Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca

NT3

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