Recommendations 4 Through 11
Recommendations 4 through 11 involve amendments to the Official Languages Act, its regulations, or supporting policy documents. Committee's response follows those recommendations:
"That the Legislative Assembly review the preamble to the Official Languages Act to determine if it accurately reflects the language rights set out in the act, including the status of Aboriginal languages and any language of work rights."
"That the Legislative Assembly should amend the Government Institution Regulations to add housing authorities to the list of bodies bound by the Official Languages Act. It should also review the Government Institution Regulations to ensure the adequately cover those institutions that should be subject to the provisions of the Official Languages Act."
"That the Official Languages Act of the Northwest Territories be amended to include a provision that binds all contractors with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Suggested wording is: Every government institution has the duty to ensure that, where services are provided or made available by another person or organization on its behalf, any member of the public in the Northwest Territories or elsewhere can communicate with and obtain those services from that person or organization in any particular Official Language in any case where those services, if provided by the institution, would be required to be provided in that Official Language."
"That the Legislative Assembly reconsider what languages should be given the status of "Official Languages" of the Northwest Territories and provided with the protection of the provisions of the Official Languages Act" (p. 20).
"That section 6 of the Official Languages Act be amended to read: Everyone has the right to use any official language in the debates and proceedings of the Legislative Assembly, and every Member of the Legislative Assembly has the right to translation of those debates in another official language."
"That section 11 of the Official Languages Act be amended such that, instead of language rights based on the concepts of 'significant demand' and 'nature of the office,' language rights in the area of communication with the public are based on the following principles: That the approach be simple and holistic, with accessibility of services to the public being the focus; In order to understand and benefit from the government's programs and services, the public requires information in the official languages; A government's provision of services in its official languages recognizes and supports the efforts of communities in maintaining and developing those languages."
"That, in consultation with stakeholders and service providers, consideration be given to expanding section 11 of the Official Languages Act to deal with the issue of communicating with service providers when receiving services outside the jurisdiction."
"That the Legislative Assembly and the GNWT, in consultation with stakeholders, review the Official Languages Policy and Guidelines: To ensure the Official Languages Policy and Guidelines are consistent with the Official Languages Act; To include a definition of active offer that refers to a series of measures that are taken to ensure that language services in the various official languages are clearly communicated to the public and include a number of measures that will be taken to ensure that language rights are visible, available at all times, easily accessible and of high quality; That the issue of dissemination of information and materials to the public, including forms, notices, and public information material, be reviewed."