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AngryFakeLeaks presents: The Senate’s Standing Commitee on Official Language’s lost report on Nunavut’s Anglos

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Press Release

The myths of the white man of Canada’s North as a wealthy adventurer backed by wealthy European powers and natural resources companies still plague the English-speaking minority of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, according to a report by the Senate’s Standing Commitee on Official Languages.

Research for the report titled “From Baffin to the 21st Century: The endangered vitality of the English-speaking minority of Nunavut”, was conducted by the same senators that published another stereotype-shattering study tittled “The vitality of Québec’s English-speaking communities: from myth to reality.” In both reports the senators describe an official-language community that often lacks access to many federal services most Canadian take for granted.

« People assume that because the white Anglos who come to Nunavut are all under government contract or working for mining companies that they are a privileged minority », explained committee chairwoman Andrée Dawson-Duplessis. « The reality is that sometimes in Nunavut you come in contact with people who don’t speak English. That can be very disorienting for some people. Especially the elderly. »

The Senate committee’s report recognizes that the situation of Nunavut’s English-speaking community is unique. All of Nunavut children go to English schools, English is the working language of federal government institutions and of the rapidly growing natural resources industry. 100% of immigrants and 36% of natives of the territory adopt English as their home language.

Yet the senate committee has found that these statistics hide the reality of a community whose vitality is in jeopardy. For example, it has found that in numerous small communities stretching from James Bay to the arctic circle, English-speaking Canadians have little to no access to health care, schools or vocational training in English. « If you take an airplane from Iqualuit to Igloolik, and then you take a snowmobile and head north for 3 hours, you will find small communities where there is no English-language vocational training», explained Dawson-Duplessis, adding that the Official Languages Act requires the Federal government to actively promote the development of minority Official-language communities everywhere in Canada.

« That situation make it very difficult for some people », she added. « Especially the elderly. »

In all the committee tabled 27 recommendations for the federal government, including the creation of programs to promote English-language literature, movies and television and introduce Inuktitut-speaking inhabitants of Nunavut to the richness of Anglo culture. It also recommend’s the direct financing of Anglo institutions. “It can be very confusing for some people to deal with a territorial government run by non-English speaking people”, said Dawson-Duplessis. “Especially for the elderly.”

“Canada’s image is a diverse and multicultural country”, said the committee chairwoman, “and the high birth rate of Nunavut’s natives, the highest in Canada, challenges that diversity.” For that reason the Senate recommended that the federal government encourage and facilitate English-speaking immigration to help the Anglo community maintain it’s demographic weight.

Nunavut’s English-speakers repeatedly told the senators they were very supportive of Inuits culture and that they wished that the English-speaking culture could be seen as an integral part of Northern life. In the word of Bernard Ross, chairman of the Nunavut Community Network: « To survive and thrive Nunavut’s English-speaking community must grow. That doesn’t have to happen at the expense of other communities. They can join us and grow with us. It’s win-win. »

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Written by angryfrenchguy

March 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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  1. This journalist has done a fine job exposing the troubling effects of the Nunavut élite’s dead-end, inward-looking ethnic nationalism and cultural insecurity. As I demonstrate in an upcoming exposé, this sapping of civic energy and atavistic obsession with “identity” has helped to make Nunavut the most corrupt aboriginal-governed jurisdiction in Canada. A cautionary tale about societies which harbour and legitimize mass movements based on xenophobia.

    Anne L’agaçante-Dawson

    journalist, Macdonald’s

    commentator, Vichy en direct, Radio-Cadenas

    James

    March 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

  2. Canadians don’t get this identity thing since they only recently have one. Canadian nationalism was made from scratch by Pierre Eliot Trudeau a few decades ago.

    Cartier came here in 1534. Our history is half a millenium old and notre identité est d’autant plus forte qu’elle est trempée par les humiliations d’hier et les insultes d’aujourd’hui comme la lame de l’épée est trempée par le feu et l’eau.

    Patrice

    Patrice

    March 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

  3. BONYENNE !!!

    I know I’m a few months late in discovering this, but I was in Asia at the time people talked about it.

    I’ve just been on http://www.parkavenuegazette.com/

    Those guys are completely apeshit!

    I see that our friend Tony Kondaks finally found little friends to play with.

    Raman

    March 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  4. It appears that old mythologies die hard. Anglos are often seen as an inflexible élite, which may in some cases be true, but it’s also true that while old Anglos have had trouble adjusting to Quebec’s realities there is a great fervour amongst younger anglos to make this adjustment. Enjoy this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uacuxGFX_VM

    As for Nunavut, everyone there should learn Inuktitut. Period.

    Fon

    March 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  5. “As for Nunavut, everyone there should learn Inuktitut. Period.”

    Fon, out of curiosity, what language do you think people should people learn in Nunavik?

    Anonymous

    March 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

  6. http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/al/ldc/ccl/fagr/nuna/nip/ar0406-eng.asp#a66

    This makes for interesting reading on the subject of Nunavut, languages, and education.

    Margaret

    May 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

  7. Hi!
    Re-twit you post: to my @kwudofui twitter

    SoogesonGem

    November 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  8. You joke around about the systematic govt-subsidised ethnic cleansing of our community just shows how much of a delusional separatist you are. How many Bills will it take for your natchialeux and seperateux to realise that your Losership has led Quebec down the path of not only discriminatory legislation, but racism written in law? Did the $47BN losses at the Caisse de défauts not wake you up? The rampant corruption that makes QC look like the Alabama of the south in the post-WWII era?

    You remember that party that has less seats than a Tercel? Why don’t you try and read about their failures! Il y a aussi un lien vers la version française aussi mon cher anglophobe !
    http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/hugo/archive/2010/09/30/when-the-bloc-qu-233-b-233-cois-is-a-nuisance-for-quebeckers-interests-the-top-20-countdown.aspx

    You have definitely misunderstood, which is typical of a septard anyway, how communities can develop together mutually and exclusively. I insist you read the report again in FR (to satisfy your bias) and take down this franco-supremacist post afterwards.

    Merci et bonne journée,

    Hugo.

    Hugo Shebbeare

    November 8, 2011 at 10:50 am


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