By THOMAS ROHNER
March 11, 2016 – Nunavut MLA Pat Angnakak, from the Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu riding, told members of Nunavut’s legislature March 11 that she wants every school in Nunavut to offer Inuit language instruction — and that includes the territory’s only French-language school in Iqaluit.
Nunavut’s education act includes provisions protecting French language instruction in Nunavut, Angnakak told Education Minister Paul Quassa, during question period.
“Unfortunately in upholding these language rights, it seems the Inuit language rights of those who attend the French school are not protected — there’s no requirement for the Inuit language to be taught in the [École des Trois-Soleils],” Angnakak said.
“Can the minister clearly explain why this is the case?”
The language rights of the French minority population in Nunavut are protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Quassa said.
“In addition, as per section 158 of the [Nunavut] Education Act, these charter rights prevail over any part of the education act, in particular to language of instruction,” he said.
Angnakak said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada showed that the erosion of Indigenous languages in school systems resulted in devastating impacts on Indigenous individual’s self-identity and well-being.
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