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Decades old cabinet document surface saying Nunavut wouldn’t get full language rights – APTN

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2019111 Views

December 9, 2019

The president of Nunavut Tungavik Inc. (NTI) says that a recently uncovered cabinet document from the Brian Mulroney administration shows that the federal government sought to block Inuktitut from being the working language of Nunavut even as the deal for the new territory was being cut.

NTI obtained the documents through an access to information request.

They show the minutes of a cabinet meeting March 13, 1990 where the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (now Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services) received guidelines for negotiating the birth of Nunavut.

The minutes state the eventual agreement must not, “provide general linguistic guarantees for the use of Inuktitut in government and the legal and educational system in the claims area.”

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