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Inuit org slams recently passed federal Indigenous languages bill – Nunatsiaq News

26 June, 2019

Liberal government rejects most of the Senate’s amendments

The Liberal government’s Indigenous Languages Act, Bill C-91, which received royal assent on June 21 after completing its journey through the Senate on June 20, is merely a “symbolic gesture” that does not meet the demands of Inuit, says Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

NTI and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami have spoken out strongly against Bill C-91 since last February, when Canadian Heritage Minster Pablo Rodriguez had it tabled in the House of Commons.

For example, last February, ITK said in a statement that “the absence of any Inuit-specific content suggests that Bill C-91 is yet another legislative initiative developed behind closed doors by a colonial system and then imposed on Inuit.”

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