NAJA honours Indigenous languages with first Inuktitut guide for reporting on Inuit communities
“We believe that journalism and Indigenous storytelling contributes to the reclamation of our languages. Which is why we wanted to share something special like this. We are starting with Inuktitut today but there’s more to come,” said Francine Compton, NAJA President and a citizen of Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation.
Reporting on Inuit Communities in Nunavut, Canada, effectively requires an understanding of their respective government, people, history, art and environment. NAJA’s Inuit Media Guide is a tool for journalists to learn about the complexities of their varied communities and has been translated to Inuktitut in honour of preserving Indigenous languages.
The United Nations General Assembly (Resolution A/RES/74/135) proclaimed the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL 2022-2032), to draw global attention on the critical situation of many Indigenous languages and to mobilize stakeholders and resources for their preservation, revitalization and promotion.
The proclamation of an International Decade is a key outcome of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, for which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lead global efforts.
View the Inuktitut translated media guide for reporting on Inuit communities here.