Canada, Nunavut
Country / Region: Canada, Nunavut
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Name of Office: Office of Languages Commissioner of Nunavut

The Languages Commissioner of Nunavut is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly appointed for a five-year term by the Commissioner of Nunavut on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly. We are in the process of recruiting a new commissioner.

The Office of the Languages Commissioner’s mission is to promote and safeguard the language rights of Nunavummiut enshrined in Nunavut’s language legislation. The mandate of the Office is:

  • To inform the Nunavummiut of their language rights
  • To inform and advise territorial institutions and municipalities of their language obligations
  • To monitor territorial institutions and municipalities’ communication with and services to the public
  • To inform and prepare the private sector and the federal institutions of their future communication and service requirements (Note that some sections of ILPA are not yet in force)
  • To investigate, or facilitate resolution, and to recommend corrective actions
  • To support and monitor the implementation of the Nunavut language legislation 

The official languages in Nunavut are Inuit language, English and French and we have two language acts: the Official Languages Act (OLA) and the Inuit Language Protection Act (ILPA).

The OLA sets out service and communication requirements for the official languages. Members of the public have the right to communicate with and receive services in the official language of their choice from the Government, the public agencies, the Legislative Assembly and the Nunavut Court of Justice and other tribunals. These obligated bodies are to provide an active offer and ensure members of the public can receive services from or communicate with these offices in their official language of choice.

The ILPA sets out to protect, promote and revitalize the Inuit language. The Act mandates the Government of Nunavut to take specific measures to safeguard the Inuit language. It includes:

  • Educational rights, Inuit language instruction and adult language acquisition and upgrading
  • The right to work in the Inuit language in territorial institutions
  • The obligation for municipalities as well as the private and public sectors, including federal and territorial institutions, to communicate and offer services in the Inuit language.

Website: www.langcom.nu.ca
Contact information: www.langcom.nu.ca/contact-us
Inuit Language Protection Act: www.langcom.nu.ca/node/40
Official Languages Act: www.langcom.nu.ca/resources/acts/official-languages-act