The GNWT and Francophone Community Representatives Review French Services Implementation

YELLOWKNIFE (November 16, 2016) – As part of their ongoing collaboration, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT) Consultation and Cooperation Committee met yesterday to review progress on the implementation of the GNWT Strategic Plan on French Language Communications and Services.

The Strategic Plan was developed by the Committee in 2012 to guide departments, boards and agencies in the development, offer and provision of French language services to the Francophone community.  The parties are now focussed on the implementation, administration and promotion of the plan.

The meeting brought together the deputy ministers of three key GNWT departments involved in the plan’s implementation (Education, Culture and Employment; Health and Social Services; and Human Resources) with the president and other representatives of the FFT.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the progress made since the last meeting of committee in 2014 and to discuss the challenges and gaps that remain to ensure the ongoing successful implementation of the plan. The NWT Francophone community representatives are satisfied with the work and progress achieved in the time since the last meeting and both the GNWT and FFT have agreed to meet on a regular basis moving forward.

Quotes:

“This Committee plays an important role in guiding the GNWT as we continue to implement the Strategic Plan.  The Fédération franco-ténoise is a critical partner and we value the collaboration and expertise they have provided in the work to ensure the GNWT is providing service to francophone residents across the territory.”
- Alfred Moses, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

“We are pleased with the progress made to date in implementing the Plan. We are confident that the consultation and cooperation process between the GNWT and the community is not limited to a formal Committee meeting. The FFT will monitor the implementation of the Plan and its promotion to the public.”
- Rachelle Francoeur, President of La Fédération franco-ténoise

Quick Facts 

  • The GNWT Strategic Plan on French Language Communications and Services was launched in 2012 following comprehensive engagement with the francophone community across the north.
  • The Strategic Plan includes guidelines designed to facilitate the application of the Official Languages Act of the NWT.
  • The guidelines apply to publication formats and French translations of written notices to the public such as web sites, brochures, forms, reports, advertisements, signs, certificates, permits and licenses.
  • The Government Institution Regulations established criteria defining significant demand for French language services. There is significant demand for services in French for GNWT offices in Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Yellowknife.
  • There are approximately 3,700 French speaking residents across the NWT.

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Media Inquiries:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 767-9352 ext. 71073
Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca

Jean de Dieu Tuyishime
Executive Director
Fédération franco-ténoise
Phone :  (867) 920-2919 ext. 254
Email : dgfft@franco-nord.com