Inuit leaders want “substantive” national Indigenous languages law – Nunatsiaq News

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 201973 Views

February 04, 2019

Trudeau government’s promised Indigenous Languages Act still not tabled

As the International Year of Indigenous Languages received recognition at the United Nations this past Feb. 1, Canadian Inuit leaders called on the federal government to create a national Indigenous languages law that is “substantive” and not merely symbolic.

“There is so much positive work being done, but we can’t do it alone and we expect governments, and our public services, to respond with strong measures in support of Indigenous languages, beyond symbolic gestures,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in December 2016 that his government would create a national Indigenous Languages Act, “co-developed” with Indigenous peoples.

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