Karliin Aariak to be named Nunavut languages commissioner
Role will be confirmed when the legislative assembly reconvenes later this month
Nunavut’s MLAs will vote to name Karliin Aariak as the territory’s languages commissioner after the legislature reconvenes on Feb. 18.
Aariak has served as the territory’s acting languages commissioner since October 2019.
“The Management and Services Board undertook a competitive selection process for the position,” Speaker Simeon Mikkungwak said in a news release announcing Aariak’s appointment on Monday, Feb. 3.
He said Aariak “has a strong record of advocacy for language rights.”
“Ms. Aariak’s professional background, which includes positions in both the Office of the Languages Commissioner and the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, makes her well-suited to taking on these important responsibilities,” Mikkungwak said in a news release on Aariak’s appointment as acting languages commissioner.
Aariak, daughter of Nunavut’s first languages commissioner, Eva Aariak, is a graduate of Nunavut Arctic College.
She has worked as a reporter and editor with CBC, as a senior policy analyst for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and as an investigations officer for the Office of the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut.
She was also previously a terminologist and acting executive director for the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, the Inuit Language Authority, among other roles and board appointments.
The languages commissioner is responsible for the protection of language rights for the Inuktut, French and English languages.
The languages commissioner’s mandate is laid out in the Official Languages Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act.
The appointment is made by the commissioner of Nunavut, on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, and carries a five-year term.