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Official Languages in Canada

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Studio portrait of Mr. McCarthy

English becomes the sole official language of the Northwest Territories

An ordinance and a resolution make English the only language permitted in schools and in the legislative assembly.
Explorers at a territory that will become Nunavut. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier is the second one from the left.

Francophone explorers establish a Canadian presence in the territory that will become Nunavut

Between 1904 and 1911, explorer Joseph-Elzéar Bernier leads four expeditions to the Arctic for the Canadian government.
Frobisher Bay on December 2005

Federal government regional offices with bilingual staff open in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories

In 1970, many federal public servants in the region speak French, as do almost all of the employees at Bell Canada’s new regional office.
Frobisher Bay on December 2005

Hockey fans in the North form a group to get Montréal Canadiens games broadcast in French

In the 1970s, Bell Canada had recruited a number of French-speaking Quebecers to build the infrastructure needed in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories (now Iqaluit, Nunavut).
Association des francophones du Nunavut's logo

The Association des francophones du Nunavut hosts several sports and cultural events

These include the Partie d’huîtres, which takes place in October.

Nunavut adopts the Northwest Territories’ Official Languages Act

On April 1, 1999, the newly created territory of Nunavut inherits the Northwest Territories’ Official Languages Act.

The Franco-Nunavut flag is adopted

In the Franco-Nunavut flag, the blue represents the Arctic sky, and the white represents snow, which is abundant in this vast territory.

The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut is created

The capital of Iqaluit is home to only French school board in Nunavut, which means “our land,” Inuit land. It covers the largest territory in Canada and has the fewest number of students!

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut adopts the Official Languages Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act

The Official Languages Act recognizes the official status of the English, French and Inuit languages.
Logo of Réseau de santé en français au Nunavut

A French language health services network is created in Nunavut

The Réseau de santé en français au Nunavut wants to help improve the health and wellness of Nunavut’s French-speaking community.