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Time to overhaul Official Languages Act, says N.W.T. languages commissioner

The law governing official languages in the Northwest Territories is ill-suited for the territory and ready for an overhaul during its upcoming review, the territory's languages commissioner says. The territory has 11 official languages which are enshrined in the N.W.T.'s Official Languages Act. That act was passed in 1984 and was modelled after federal legislation. It's been reviewed several times since then and is set for another review shortly. "We're at that point," said Shannon Gullberg, the languages commissioner. "We've been operating under a model that really mimics the federal model for a long time. I really hope this review opens the door to say: 'what's important?'"

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