Inuktitut not spoken enough within government
- Inuktitut not spoken enough within government
WebPosted Feb 4 2002 08:29 AM MST
Iqaluit, Nunavut - Many Inuit government employees are still speaking English at work despite the goal of having Inuktitut as a working language by 2020.
That has Nunavut's language commissioner worried.
Eva Aariak says the government needs to do a lot more if it's going to meet that goal and her second annual report has some strong recommendations.
She says there needs to be a language authority similar to some other countries, which would ensure there is standardized Inuktitut terms for new concepts like microwave oven or Nintendo games. Inuit government employees also need to stop conducting business in English.
"When an employee's main language is Inuktitut outside of the office, even with an elder in the office, they tend to carry on in English," she says. "Speaking English is entrenched in people's minds."
Offices in smaller communities seem to speak more Inuktitut at work, but in Iqaluit that is not happening, Aariak adds. If the government wants Inuktitut to be a working language by 2020, it needs to get to work on reaching that goal.
It will be up to the Legislative Assembly to decide which of the Language Commissioner's recommendations they want to implement.
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