The N.W.T. has 11 official languages, yet service in Indigenous languages continues to be a struggle

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The N.W.T. languages commissioner says the territorial government hasn’t done enough to ensure people can access services in the territory’s official Indigenous languages. 

“They could do so much more,” said commissioner Brenda Gauthier. “It does not appear that the government is setting up their policies to make language within the institutions successful.”

Under its Official Languages Act, the N.W.T. recognizes 11 official languages — nine of which are Indigenous. 

However, Gauthier said the wording in the act creates an inherent inequality. 

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“If you really review the legislation, it’s almost like it’s in different levels of language. Like you could see English and French as

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