February is Indigenous Languages Month in the Northwest Territories (NWT), and the theme of this year’s celebration is “Say It With Me.”
Indigenous Languages Month is a chance for people across the territory to promote the nine official NWT Indigenous languages and honour the Elders, teachers and language leaders who are working to revitalize Indigenous languages in their communities.
This year’s theme was chosen in partnership with the NWT Literacy Council as a call to action that focuses on the importance of using Indigenous languages at home, at school, in the media, at work and in the community
This year, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is also leading a campaign to recognize bilingual employees who are providing important government services to the public in Indigenous languages. The Bilingual Employees Recognition Initiative profiles some of our valuable public servants online and through the media as a way to celebrate the knowledge they hold and critical services they provide to northerners.
Financial support has also been provided to each of the 7 regional Indigenous governments to host Indigenous Language Month events that help to raise the profile of the NWT’s Indigenous languages in communities. Information on Indigenous Languages Month activities in each region can be found by contacting regional Indigenous governments.
“Language and culture contribute to a strong sense of identity and pride for northerners. During Indigenous Languages Month, we celebrate the Elders, community leaders, teachers and public servants who are championing language revitalization efforts across the NWT. It’s through this dedication that we will realize our shared vision of a territory where all official languages are supported, respected and thriving.”
- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment
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Education, Culture and Employment