Indigenous Languages Framework and Action Plan


The Northwest Territories Aboriginal Languages Framework:  A Shared Responsibility tabled in May 2017, builds upon the NWT Aboriginal Languages Plan that was released in 2010 and set out a plan for strengthening Indigenous languages across the Northwest Territories.

The Framework (2017) is built around five essential elements that are required for Indigenous language revitalization and are needed to achieve the shared vision:  “an NWT where Indigenous languages are supported, respected and thriving as languages of communication by all people.” It describes a broad vision, goals, and objectives, as well as a series of strategies and actions to support increased use of Indigenous languages by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), communities, and residents.

The Framework will act as the blueprint for revitalizing and improving access to programs and services in all nine official Indigenous languages.

Action Plan

The 2018-2022 NWT Indigenous Languages Action Plan: A Shared Responsibility was launched in 2018, and outlines the actions, deliverables, and measures of success that promote, protect, and revitalize Indigenous languages in the NWT.

The Action Plan (2018) has been developed to meet two overarching goals:

  • Language Revitalization – highlighting the responsibility of all people in the NWT to maintain the strength of Indigenous languages as a means of communication and as a connection to culture; and
  • Language Access – maintaining that all people in the NWT have access to high quality public services in all official Indigenous languages.

Key Documents