(By Sarah Krymalowski · CBC News · Iqaluit, NU - August 04, 2022 - Used with Permission) - It's up to a Nunavut judge now to decide if Nunavut...
“We know right now that there are approximately 5,000 individuals that speak Mi’kmaw. If we don’t try to revitalize this and promote it, by 2030 anyone that’s under the age of three will lose the language and the opportunity to learn it.”
– Minister of L’nu Affairs Karla MacFarlane
“Inuit expect to see and hear Inuktut in all aspects of our lives. Recognizing Inuktitut as an official language on Facebook, equal to English and French, reinforces the legitimacy of our language,”
-Aluki Kotierk, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)
“No language will survive unless there are schools in the language,
And I’m not talking about teaching the language. I’m talking about learning in the language.”
– Andrea Bear Nichols
The bill, tabled June 30, would amend the Canada Elections Act to allow a ballot to be printed in an Indigenous language “using the appropriate writing systems for that language, including syllabics if applicable,” if an elector requests one or if an electoral district is on Indigenous land.
The canoe trip was “a wonderful way to actually see what my ancestors and the mountain people would have seen when they arrived on the Thames in the early 1780s,”
– Ian McCallum, a language educator for the Munsee-Delaware Nation