The NWT has eleven official languages—nine of these are Indigenous: Gwich’in, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Inuinnaqtun, North Slavey, South Slavey, Tlicho, Chipewyan and Cree. The health of these languages varies greatly, but most are endangered.
Our languages symbolize, in a very concrete way, the cultural group we belong to. Language embodies culture: we use it to define our world and make sense of it. It shapes the way we look at the world, giving us our worldview. We use language to transmit our culture and worldview from one generation to the next. (Multiple Literacies, NWTLC)
The NWT Literacy Council supports literacy development in all the official languages of the NWT. We do this by working in partnerships with Indigenous language groups to produce a variety of materials in Indigenous languages. We also promote the languages, do research, and monitor government policy and funding for Indigenous languages.