Inuktut, the collective name for the languages Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun, is the mother tongue of 65 percent of the Nunavut population. The language is central to Inuit culture and identity, but its use is declining by 1 percent a year.

Aluki Kotierk joined the podcast to discuss the protection of Inuktut, how the federal government can support language revitalization efforts, and the ongoing fight for bilingual essential public services in Nunavut.

Aluki Kotierk is the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., an Inuit organization that ensures promises made under the Nunavut Agreement are carried out.

Read her Policy Options article Promoting the use of Inuktut, a founding language.

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Photo:A street sign in English and Inuktitut in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Don Denton

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