Iqaluit prepares to enforce Inuktut requirements, councillor envisions application in schools

April 7, 2021
Iqaluit city councillors are preparing a plan that will help institutions and businesses in the city comply with the territory’s Inuktut requirements. Under the territory’s Inuit Language Protection Act, Inuktut must be incorporated into businesses’ signage and products. While the current law is a part of the city’s business licensing bylaws, Councillor Joansie Akumalik stated that he wants to see a plan that addresses signs in places such as schools. “Inuktitut use would better improve communication and education for those who don’t understand, read or write English,” said Akumalik, who suggested the use of Inuktut syllabics for general signs such as entry and exit doors and washrooms. Nunatsiaq Online (NV)