ERIC Number: ED226875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Dene Languages Study.
Initiated in October, 1980, by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), the study addressed two concerns: present levels of service and demands for both services and programs from the GNWT to the non-English-speaking Dene and recommendations to the Executive Committee on steps to be taken now within government to overcome problems experienced by non-English-speaking Dene in obtaining government services. Three major issues identified by the GNWT were government as a communicator, government as an employer, and government as a provider of services. The study was conducted in two ways: contacting and interviewing government departments, groups, organizations and individuals who supply essential services to the Dene; and identifying the degree of Dene language fluency among children entering the school system, ages 5 to 7. Recommendations included fundamental commitment be made by the GNWT to assist the Dene in the recognition, development, and preservation of their languages; Dene interpreters be employed at all levels of various GNWT departments; adequate funding be provided for a Dene Linguistic Program division; and consultation and involvement of the Dene in all aspects of language development undertaken by or funded by the GNWT. Appendices contain support documentation. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Territories Dept. of Education, Yellowknife.
Identifiers: Canada; Dene (Nation); Northwest Territories; State Tribal Relationship