Prince’s Charities Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Embark on Study Tour of Wales

December 13th, 2016

LONDON – This week, Prince’s Charities Canada is leading the Language Committee of Canada’s National Inuit Organization (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) on a study tour of Wales. The Committee is responsible for a historic process to create one standard written form of the Inuit language Inuktitut and hope to learn from the Welsh example of language revitalization.

The Committee will be travelling all over Wales including visits to Bangor, Caernarfon, Aberystwyth and Cardiff and will be meeting with a wide variety of experts including academics, educators, Government officials (including the First Minister of Wales) and language organizations.

During this visit, The Prince will meet with each of the 17 Committee members and staff, a diverse group ranging in age from 28 – 75 and drawn from across Canada’s Arctic region.  The group will have the chance to update His Royal Highness on their work to standardize the written Inuit language and discuss what they have learned from the Welsh experience.  The Welsh Language Commissioner will also be joining the discussion.

The Prince of Wales has a longstanding relationship with Canada’s North having visited the North-West Territories during his very first visit to the country in 1970 and again in 1975 when he dove under the arctic sea ice in Resolute Bay (in what is now the territory of Nunavut). In total, His Royal Highness has visited Canada on 17 previous occasions.

With His Royal Highness’s encouragement, Prince’s Charities Canada have been working very closely with Canada’s First Peoples in areas including youth employment, the promotion of traditional arts and the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Matthew Rowe, Director of Operations & Partnerships

Matthew.rowe@princescharities.ca

Dec. 11 – 20 – +44 7400 494361

After Dec. 20 – 416-576-3969

 

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