Backgrounder: The Government of Canada makes historic contribution to support Indigenous languages in the North


Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $39.4 million for Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. With today’s announcement, and investments made in Budget 2019, the government has invested $77.2 million to support Indigenous languages in the North.

Funds committed to date will increase the number of Indigenous-led, community-driven activities dedicated to revitalizing Indigenous languages, as well as the number of resources available to strengthen them.

Note: Some recipients are not listed below as their funding agreements are not yet finalized but are included in the total funding amounts.

Table – Funding

Table 1: Organizations in Northwest Territories who received funding announced today, totalling $6,932,793
Organization City
Arctic Indigenous Innovations Inc. Fort McPherson
Behdzi Ahda First Nation Colville Lake
Dene Nation Hay River
Gwich'in Tribal Council - Department of Culture and Heritage Fort McPherson
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Inuvik
Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation Kakisa
K'ahsho Development Foundation Fort Good Hope
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation Lutselk'e
Native Communications Society of the NWT Yellowknife
Smith’s Landing First Nation Fort Smith
Tlicho Government Behchoko
Tulita Dene Band Tulit'a
Yellowknives Dene First Nation Yellowknife
Zhahti Koe Friendship Centre Fort Providence
Table 2: Organizations in Nunavut who received funding announced today, totalling $17,696,631
Organization City
Government of Nunavut Iqaluit
Igluralaaq 1 Inc. Iqaluit
Inhabit Media Inc. Iqaluit
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation Iqaluit
Iqaluit Inuktitut Daycare Iqaluit
Kitikmeot Heritage Society Cambridge Bay
Kivalliq Inuit Association Rankin Inlet
Nunavut Bilingual Education Society Iqaluit
Nunavut Cultural Heritage Society Iqaluit
Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV) Igloolik
Nunavut Literacy Council Rankin Inlet
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Rankin Inlet
Pinnguaq Association Iqaluit
Qikiqtani Inuit Association Iqaluit
Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association Taloyoak
UNAAQ Cultural Society Iqaluit
Unikkaaqtuat Doc Inc. Igloolik
Table 3: Organizations in Yukon who received funding announced today, totalling $14,731,204
Organization City
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Haines Junction
Council of Yukon First Nations Whitehorse
Kluane First Nation Burwash Landing
Liard Aboriginal Women's Society Watson Lake
Liard First Nation Watson Lake
Ross River Dena Council Ross River
Tlingit Language Revitalization Association Whitehorse
Tutchone Heritage Society Burwash Landing
White River First Nation Beaver Creek
Yukon First Nations
(Transferred to CIRNAC)
11 Yukon self-governing First Nations
Table 4: Indigenous language funding in Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon since 2019
- Funding announced November 10, 2022 Previously announced funding Total funding announced since 2019
NWT $6.9M $23.6M $30.5M
Nunavut $17.7M $10.5M $28.2M
Yukon $14.7M $4.0M $18.7M
Total $39.4M* $37.8M* $77.2M*

*Numbers may not add due to rounding

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