Recommendations 12 Through 18
Recommendations 12 through 18 involve matters of departmental administration that fall squarely within the mandate of the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Committee's response follows those recommendations:
"That the Legislative Assembly and the Minister Responsible for Official Languages ensure that the focus for both the Francophone Affairs Secretariat and the Aboriginal Languages Secretariat be on service to the public and that there be continued consultation with language communities to seek input on the best way to provide such services."
"That the Legislative Assembly and GNWT officials consider language rights and issues as national concerns and actively work with other jurisdictions in Canada in the development and advancement of language rights. This includes, to the greatest extent possible, sharing experiences regarding official language legislation and issues, and becoming active participants in federal government initiatives to create new language legislation including the proposed federal Canadian Indigenous Languages Act."
"That the Legislative Assembly and GNWT officials take steps to ensure the health of all Official Languages in the Northwest Territories including: ensuring that all action items in the Aboriginal Language Action Plan and Strategic Plan on French Language Communication Services are taken; and ensuring all steps are taken in conjunction with community leaders."
"That GNWT officials, in conjunction with Aurora College, interpreters/translators, community leaders and other stakeholders, consider the development of a new interpreter/translator program. This program should include: development of standards for interpreter/translators; certification of interpreter/translators; and specialized training for interpretation/translation in certain domains, such as the courts and health.
"That GNWT officials give serious consideration to reopening the Language Bureau to provide interpretation/translation support and services to the Legislative Assembly, the GNWT and its boards and agencies."
"That, in this digital age, the GNWT takes steps to develop its technological capabilities to support and expand Official Language promotion, preservation and communication activities."
"That the GNWT continue to work with Aboriginal language groups to develop standardized orthographies for Aboriginal official languages."