UNAAQ Cultural Society receives Government of Canada funding to produce two books in Inuktitut
December 30, 2014 – Iqaluit – Department of Canadian Heritage
The Government of Canada is providing the UNAAQ Cultural Society with $80,300 in funding through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative to develop, publish and distribute two books in Inuktitut for students in grades 4 to 12.
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Minister for the Arctic Council and Member of Parliament (Nunavut), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
“Our Government is committed to supporting the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal cultures and languages as living elements of Canadian society. They are an integral part of our country’s identity. I commend the UNAAQ Cultural Society for taking on the important role of intergenerational language transmission.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“Through this investment, our Government is supporting new generations of Nunavummiut with educational resources that will enhance learning opportunities about Inuit culture and history in our traditional language. I am pleased with the work of the UNAAQ Cultural Society and the focus of this project on sharing the wisdom of Kivalliq Elders with students today and in the future.”
—The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Minister for the Arctic Council and Member of Parliament (Nunavut)
“On behalf of the students and institutions that will benefit from this project, we are grateful to Canadian Heritage for helping us develop educational resources that promote Nunavut perspectives and history. The government’s funding will provide Inuktitut reading materials for youth, based on the knowledge shared by Nunavummiut Elders.”
—Neil Christopher, Executive Director, UNAAQ Cultural Society
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages