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Agnico Eagle retracts ‘English is first’ safety campaign after backlash – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 202129 Views

Message should have been ‘safety is first,’ mining company says in apology

After coming under fire for a recent safety poster stating “English is first,” Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., which operates several mines in Nunavut, has apologized and is withdrawing the signs.

The poster, which also read “you say atii — meaning ‘okay’ or ‘let’s go’ — they hear ‘a tea’,” and “don’t get lost in translation,” garnered attention from hundreds online after Becky Han, an Inuk musician and advocate for the preservation of Inuktitut, suggested the company teach their employees a few Inuktitut words instead, as guests on Inuit land.

Lonny Syvret, the senior advisor of the company’s Nunavut operation, said in an interview that “upon reflection, the message should have been ‘safety is first.’”

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