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NTI accuses feds of undermining Inuit language after obtaining ‘secret’ land claim cabinet document – Nunavut News

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 2019121 Views

December 6, 2019

Land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) has uncovered a historic cabinet document that it claims is evidence that the Government of Canada sought to block the use of the Inuit language as the new territory was established.

In the March 1990 federal government negotiations document, marked “secret” atop each page, there is a passage reading:

“The Final Agreement shall not contain any guarantee for the creation of a Nunavut Territory or provide general linguistic guarantees for the use of Inuktitut in government and the legal and educational system in the claims area. Guarantees negotiated for use of Inuktitut in relation to joint management structures established pursuant to the agreement are acceptable.”

In a news release issued Thursday, NTI, which obtained the document through an access to information request, refers to the aforementioned passage as “damning.”

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