Francophone Affairs Secretariat

What is the Francophone Affairs Secretariat?

The Northwest Territories (NWT) is the only jurisdiction in Canada that names nine official Indigenous languages alongside English and French through its Official Languages Act. The Act recognizes that many languages are spoken and used by people of the NWT and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is committed to providing NWT residents with an opportunity to access information in the language of their choosing. 

The Francophone Affairs Secretariat:

  • provides advice and support to GNWT institutions (departments, boards and agencies)
  • develops orientation programs for French Language Service Coordinators
  • coordinates French translation services for the GNWT (excluding laws and regulations)
  • liaises with the Francophone community
  • provides support to the Minister Responsible for the Official Languages Act at the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie
  • manages Services TNO, the one-stop shop that brings together government services, and information about them, for members of the Francophone community
  • manages the Canada-NWT Agreement for French Language Services
  • ensures systematic audits of French language communications and services

The Francophone Affairs Secretariat is made up of an Executive Director, a Planning Facilitator, a French Language Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, French translators, an Administrative Assistant, and two French Language Client Service Officers at the Services TNO office.