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Inuit Leaders push for strong measures that support the revitalization, maintenance and protection of Inuktut as part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages launched at the United Nations General Assembly

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February 1, 2019, Ottawa, ON and New York, NY– Inuit leadership from the four Inuit regions in Canada: Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President, Aluki Kotierk of Nunavut, Makivik Corporation President Charlie Watt of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut Government President Johannes Lampe of Nunatsiavut, and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Chair and CEO, Duane Smith of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, along with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada President Monica Ell-Kanayuk, made the following statement today honouring the launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages at the United Nations General Assembly:

“The government of Canada has recently acknowledged the harmful impacts that past government policies and Canada’s colonial history has had on the current status of Indigenous languages, including Inuktut. This is a welcome acknowledgement and a critical part of the process to make meaningful and lasting systemic changes in Canada’s approach to revitalizing, maintaining and promoting our languages.

“The International Year of Indigenous Languages is timely for Inuit in that the Government of Canada has committed to co-develop national First Nations, Inuit, and Metis languages legislation. Inuit participation in and support for this legislative initiative has been contingent on the expectation that any bill would be distinctions-based and include substantive Inuktut-specific provisions that build on existing rights for Inuktut. We continue to engage with the Government of Canada in an effort to ensure that the bill meets this expectation.

“Inuit in communities across Canada are working together, with support from our Inuit organizations, to keep our language alive and strong. There is so much positive work being done, but we can’t do it alone and we expect governments, and our public services, to respond with strong measures in support of Indigenous languages, beyond symbolic gestures.

“As Inuit leaders, we agree that national First Nations, Inuit, and Metis languages legislation must include substantive provisions that adequately support the revitalization, maintenance, and promotion of Inuktut.

“Circumpolar Inuit hold a General Assembly every four years; our 2018 Assembly concluded with the Utqiaġvik Declaration which includes a section on Education and Language. This section states:

““Our languages are the foundation of our culture and identity. Legally protecting and revitalizing our languages is urgent and paramount. For our languages to remain strong, lnuit language schools and learning institutions need to be established…Effective education requires new pedagogies that reflect our values, culture and languages. For our language to remain strong the lnuit language must be the primary languageof instruction in our schools. Language and education support our culture and lnuit hunting, gathering and food practices are a way in which our culture is taught. ICC supports that indigenous harvesting practice should sustain and enhance Inuit cultural practices.””

The International Year of Indigenous Languages provides an opportunity to advance these and other priorities at the national and international levels.

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᕐᑏᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᖅᑐᑎ ᑎᓕᐅᕆᒻᒪᑕ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑕᐅᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᖁᓪᓗᒍ, ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᖁᓇᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᐳᑎᔭᐅᓯᒪᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᓄᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ

ᕕᕗᐊᕆ 1, 2019, ᐊᑑᕚ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᐃᐅ ᔪᐊᒃ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑏᑦ ᓯᑕᒪᐃᓂᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓈᓐᓂᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᑦ: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃ ᑎᒥᖓᑕ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ, ᐊᓗᑭ ᑰᑦᑎᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᖕᒥ, ᒪᑭᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᓵᓕ ᒍᐊᑦ ᓄᓇᕕᖕᒥᑦ, ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕙᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑕ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᔫᕼᐊᓇᔅ ᓛᑉᐱ ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕙᕗᖕᒥᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᖓᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᓯᔨᒻᒪᕆᖓᑦ, ᑐᐊᐃᓐ ᓯᒥᑦ ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᑖᕐᕕᒋᓯᒪᔭᖓᓐᓂᒃ, ᐱᖃᑎᖃᖅᑐᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᓇᐃᑕᓐ ᐅᐱᐊᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓈᓐᓂᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔩᖏᑕ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᒫᓂᑲ ᐃᐊᓪ−ᑲᓇᔪᖅ, ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᐃᒫᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᑲᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᐱᒋᔭᖃᖅᑐᑎᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᑕᕝᕙᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖓᓐᓂ:

“ᒐᕙᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᖏᑉ ᒫᓐᓇᕋᑖᖑᔪᔪᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓕᕐᓂᕋᔪᒻᒪᑕ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑦᑐᐃᓯᒪᓂᕆᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᒐᕙᒪᒋᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐃᓐᓄᐃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᒍᑕᐅᓕᕐᓯᒪᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐱᖃᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓄᒃᑐᑦ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᑐᙵᓱᒃᑎᓇᒻᒪᕆᒃᑐᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓕᕐᓂᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᖕᒪ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᒍᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔾᔪᓯᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᑐᓕᕐᑎᑕᐅᒃᑲᓂᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᖁᓇᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᕐᑎᖃᓐᓂᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᔾᔪᑏᑦ.

“ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᓈᖕᒪᓈᖅᐳᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐱᓂᐊᕐᓂᕋᕈᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᓕᕐᒪᑕ ᓴᖅᑮᖃᑎᖃᕈᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᓪᓚᓂᒃ, ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖓᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᒥᒃ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᖃᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᒻᒪᑕ ᑖᑦᓱᒥᖓ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐊᕆᔭᐅᒋᐊᙵᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑲᐅᓈᕈᑕᐅᒻᒪᑦ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓯᒪᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᖅ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕋᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᓐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᖕᒪᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑐᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᓃᖃᑕᐅᒃᐸᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᖃᕈᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᑕᖃᕇᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᐅᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᓐᓇᕐᐸᕗᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᖅ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ.

“ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓃᒃᑐᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᒻᒪᑕ, ᐃᑲᔪᕐᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᑦ ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᖁᓇᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᖅᑎᑕᒻᒪᕆᐅᖁᓪᓗᒍ. ᐱᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓪᓗᐊᕐᓯᒪᒻᒪᑕ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓅᑑᑎᔪᓐᓇᖏᓐᓇᑦᑎᖓ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒐᕙᒪᒋᔭᕗᑦ, ᑭᓇᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕈᑏᑦ, ᐊᒃᓱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᑐᐃᖁᒐᓗᐊᕐᐸᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᓇᓗᓇᒃᑯᑕᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖏᓪᓗᓂ.

“ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᒍᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᕐᑎᐅᓪᓗᑕ, ᐃᓱᒪᖃᑎᒌᒃᐳᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᓄᑦ, ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖓᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖅ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓐᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᓯᒪᓗᒋᑦ ᓈᖕᒪᒃᑐᒥᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓯᓂᖃᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᕐᑎᑕᐅᑲᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᖁᓇᒋᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᕐᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᒃᑐᑦ.

“ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖕᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᕙᒻᒪ ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᓯᑕᒪᑦ ᓈᔭᕋᐃᒻᒪᑕ; 20`18−ᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᕆᓚᐅᕐᑕᖓᓐᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᑖᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐅᑦᕿᐊᕕᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᕆᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᖓᒍᑦ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ:

““ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᐅᒻᒪᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᓇᐅᓂᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ. ᒪᓕᒐᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᓴᐳᑎᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᒃᑲᓂᕐᓂᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᐳᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᒪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᓇᓕᒫᓂᒃ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᕐᐹᖑᓪᓗᓂ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᑦ ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖏᒃᑯᓂ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᔪᖃᕆᐊᓕᒃ…. ᐃᓕᓴᐃᓂᖃᕈᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᑐᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᖃᕈᑦᑕ ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᒍᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᒃᑐᖃᕆᐊᓕᒃ ᐱᓐᓇᕆᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ, ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᓪᓕ ᐳᐃᒍᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᙱᒃᑯᓂ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖏᓐᓇᕈᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖅᑲᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᒍᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᓕᕆᓂᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᐳᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᑎᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᓂᕿᒃᓴᕆᓂᐊᕐᑕᒥᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᓯᕆᒐᑦᑎᒍ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᒍᑎᐅᖕᒪᑦ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓈᓐᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒍᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᕐᒥᒍᑦ ᑲᒪᔾᔪᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ.””

ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᐱᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᕕᖃᕐᕕᐅᕗᖅ ᓯᕗᒧᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᖏᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᑎᑕ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᔪᐊᓕᒫᕐᒥ.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

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613-238-8181

Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada

(613) 563-2642

 

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

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867.777.7000

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

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867.975.4955

 

Makivik Corporation

[email protected] 819-964-2925

 

Nunatsiavut Government

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(709) 896-8582

 

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ

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613-238-8181

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓈᓐᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᑲᓇᑕ

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