Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat

Authorities and Stakeholders


Both the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat and French Language Secretariat have various authorities and stakeholders who are responsible for ensuring the proper duties and procedures set our in the Official Languages Act are followed. See below for brief description of the groups/roles responsible for Aboriginal Languages Secretariat, and links to access further information on them. 


Roles and Responsibilities

  • NWT Languages Commissioner
    • The Legislative Assembly appoints a Languages Commissioner to exercise the powers and perform the duties set out in the Official Languages Act over the course of a four year term.
  • Minister Responsible for Official Languages
    • The Minister Responsible for Official Languages has responsibility for the Official Languages Act and for the general direction and coordination of the policies and programs of the GNWT that relate to Official Languages. To fulfill the responsibilities, the Minister shall:
      • Consider advice given and recommendations made by the Official Languages Board and the Aboriginal Languages Revitalization Board;
      • Oversee the development of policies and regulations necessary to implement this Act;
      • Promote Official Languages education in schools,  post-secondary institutions, and adult education and literacy training programs;
      • Promote the use of Official Languages in the administration and delivery of programs and services by government institutions;
      • Encourage the maintenance and revitalization of Aboriginal Languages; and
      • Prepare an Annual Report on Official Languages.
  • Standing Committees
  • Boards 
    • The Aboriginal Languages Revitalization Board and the Official Languages Board were established under the authority of the Official Languages Act. Each board includes a representative for each of the nine official Aboriginal languages of the NWT, and advises the Minister on matters related to programs and initiatives that promote, enhance, maintain and revitalize Aboriginal languages.The ALS provides administrative support to the Boards in preparation of correspondence, meeting arrangements, preparation of minutes, and travel arrangements.The ALS has been mandated by the 18th Legislative Assembly to amalgamate these boards.
  • Regional and Community Governments