The woman in charge of Nunavut’s largest land claims organization wants Inuktut recognized by Canada as one of the country’s founding languages.
Inuktut is the catch-all term for all Inuit language.
Aluki Koterik, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., recently spoke at a United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues about her language and the need to have it officially recognized by the federal government.
Recognition of Inuktut as a founding language would put it on par with English and French in Nunavut.
At the moment, the federal government funds French language education at a rate of $8189.00 per student annually while Inuktut receives just $187.