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NTI and GN Wrap up NLCA Terminology Workshop

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(October 19, 2007 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Elders, interpreter/translators, and Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) resource people from across Nunavut met this week for a joint Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and Government of Nunavut (GN) Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth terminology workshop.

Workshop participants focused on the most important terms and concepts of the NLCA. The goal of the workshop was to standardize land claims terminology used in Nunavut.

The consistent use of accurate, standardized Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun NLCA terminology is essential to bridge communication gaps between everyone, including land claims organizations, government and interpreter/translators, said NTI President Paul Kaludjak. It will also assist Inuit and others to better understand the Inuit rights included the NLCA.

The workshop relied on interaction between the experts in attendance to ensure the terms that are developed are based on a respect for dialectal diversity and a broad vocabulary base. An Inuktitut/English/Inuinnaqtun NLCA terminology glossary and CD will be produced following the workshop.

I am happy that language professionals are working with our Elders to develop land claim terminology in the Inuit Language. These efforts will ensure that our language can be used effectively as a language of work and in providing services to Nunavummiut. said Louis Tapardjuk, Minister of Culture Elders Language and Youth.

For further information:

Tucasie Burke
Manager of Inuktitut Affairs
Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
Government of Nunavut
Tel: (867) 975-5528