GNWT Wraps Up Second Aboriginal Languages Symposium

Mar 26 2013

YELLOWKNIFE (March 26, 2013) – The second Aboriginal Languages Symposium wrapped up last week in Yellowknife. Nearly two hundred delegates from across the Northwest Territories, representing all nine Aboriginal language groups, attended the two-day gathering.

“Guiding a direction for the future of Aboriginal languages is a shared responsibility between the Territorial and Federal governments, Aboriginal governments, communities, families and individuals,” said Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “The Aboriginal Languages Symposium brought together stakeholders from all Aboriginal language groups to discuss best practices, support strategies and actions, to measure successes, validate the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat, and to share innovations in Aboriginal language resources.”

This year’s theme, Language through Generations: We Speak Who We Are, focused on the importance of and shared responsibility to pass language and culture on to youth so that the languages are not lost with the passing of Elders.

Delegates discussed and gave feedback on the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat’s comprehensive implementation plan.  Based on recommendations from the 2010 Symposium, the proposed model and implementation plan will support the revitalization and promotion of Aboriginal languages, streamline GNWT service delivery, and set standards and strategies for Aboriginal languages in education, culture, and communities across the NWT.

For more information, please contact:

Ashley Green
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059