The Northwest Territories passes its first official languages legislation

The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories adopts the Official Languages Ordinance, giving English and French equal status in government services.

The Ordinance guaranteed the public’s right to access territorial government programs and services in either English or French. The statutes, archives, reports and minutes of the Legislative Assembly were required to be drafted in English and French.

The Ordinance became the Official Languages Act in 1985, and amendments in 1990 gave equal status to nine indigenous languages, as well.

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