Making the Links: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development in the Inuit Language - Workshop Proceedings (2009)

This document summarizes the proceedings of a workshop held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in February 2009 to discuss Inuit language acquisition and literacy development. The workshop, organized by the Nunavut Literacy Council (NLC), brought together researchers, policy-makers and community groups representing Inuit language issues from Nunavut, the Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and Labrador.

Researchers at the workshop noted that the traditional definition of literacy follows a Western (English) approach that tends to be static, print-based and oriented to the individual, whereas Inuit see literacy as a social practice that takes into account culture and local context and is constantly changing. As well, they pointed to the link between good indigenous language skills and progress with second dominant languages of the community.

Other key messages included the need to favour the Inuit language in policy and program development for bilingualism to thrive and the need to approach language development holistically, as skills in one area support and reinforce skills in another.

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Arlene Wortsman. Making the Links: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development in the Inuit Language - Workshop Proceedings 2009. Web. 19 Apr. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nlc/makinglinks/makinglinks.pdf>
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