Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat

Authorities and Stakeholders

Both the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat and French Language Secretariat liaise with various authorities and stakeholders who are responsible for ensuring the proper duties and procedures set out in the Official Languages Act are followed. See below for brief descriptions and links to access further information on them. 

  • NWT Languages Commissioner
    • The Commissioner of the NWT, on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly, appoints a Languages Commissioner to exercise the powers and perform the duties set out in the Official Languages Act, and holds office for terms of up to four years.
  • 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. The Minister responsible for the Official Languages Act is the Minister of Education, Culture, and Employment.
  • Legislative Standing Committees
    • Standing committees carry out much of the work of the Assembly. They also help to ensure that all Members have the opportunity to voice their opinions on each issue. The 18th Legislative Assembly has five standing committees and a Board of Management. 
      • Standing Committee on Priorities and Planning
      • Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment
      • Standing Committee on Government Operations
      • Standing Committee on Social Development
      • Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures
  • 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 Indigenous languages of the NWT, and advises the Minister on matters related to programs and initiatives that promote, enhance, maintain and revitalize Indigenous languages. The ILES provides administrative support to the Boards in preparation of correspondence, meeting arrangements, preparation of minutes, and travel arrangements.
  • Regional and Community Governments