Lori Idlout plans to speak in Inuktitut in the House of Commons
To do so, Nunavut MP needs to co-ordinate with Inuktitut-speaking translators
Nunavut MP Lori Idlout says she wants to speak in the House of Commons in Inuktitut when she gets the chance.
Idlout spoke on the House floor in English following Tuesday’s throne speech. To speak in Inuktitut, Idlout said she’ll have to make arrangements with the House’s Inuktitut-speaking translators.
“I’ll just be eager to have my next chance, and hopefully have enough advance [notice] so that I could inform parliamentary staff that I’d like to be able to do it in Inuktitut,” she said. “There are interpreters available, we just need to make sure we give them advance notice so that the interpreters can be available.”
Idlout said she was honoured to be present during the throne speech, when Gov. Gen. Mary Simon spoke in Inuktitut, and she described being able to smell the qulliq that was burning in the senate foyer.
The content of the speech was less impressive, Idlout said. She echoed a statement by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh from earlier this week, who said that the speech was “empty.”
“The Liberals are making the same promises, and it’s unfortunate that there weren’t stronger commitments for First Nations, Métis and Inuit,” she said.
Idlout is the NDP’s Indigenous and northern affairs critic. In this role, she’s calling for more robust housing funding and for the federal government to stop taking Indigenous groups to court.
“More needs to be done in the way of recovering our economy and the way of ensuring that reconciliation is genuinely between both the governments and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and we’re willing to fight with those as we sit with this parliament,” she said.