Inuit org uses 30-year-old document to allege Ottawa “blocked” language rights – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2019142 Views

9 December 2019

NTI says Ottawa used Nunavut land claims deal to suppress Inuktitut

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is marking the end of the International Year of Indigenous Languages by releasing a 30-year-old federal cabinet document that they allege “blocked use of Inuktitut in government services in the territory.”

In the document, prepared on March 13, 1990, for the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney, a federal cabinet committee describes making a big decision on land claims talks between Ottawa and NTI’s predecessor, the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut.

Like all other federal cabinet documents, that decision document was kept secret for 20 years.

But it’s now in the public domain and NTI acquired it recently through an access to information request.

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