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NEWS: Nunavut September 27, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Alexina Kublu, Nunavut’s language commissioner, retires Sept. 28

“On behalf of all Members of the Legislative Assembly, I would like to express my appreciation to Alexina Kublu for her service to Nunavut"

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The Official Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, Alexina Kublu (middle), with Maude Bertrand, the new director of strategic planning and policy at the commission (right) and Ooleepeeka Joamie, the research investigation officer for Inuit langauges (left) last May at an Iqaluit meeting. (FILE PHOTO)
The Official Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, Alexina Kublu (middle), with Maude Bertrand, the new director of strategic planning and policy at the commission (right) and Ooleepeeka Joamie, the research investigation officer for Inuit langauges (left) last May at an Iqaluit meeting. (FILE PHOTO)

Alexina Kublu, the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, will retire Sept. 28.

Kublu, who was born in Igloolik, is a certified Inuktitut-English translator and a member of the Canadian Interpreters and Translators Council.

Before becoming Languages Commissioner, Kublu held teaching positions in various Nunavut communities, and served as an instructor in the Language and Culture Program at Nunavut Arctic College.

She also served on the Federal Ministerial Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures, and was involved with the teaching of Inuktitut as a first and second language.

Kublu also held positions as Senior Justice of the Peace for the Nunavut Justices of the Peace program, executive director of the Kitikmeot Regional Council in Cambridge Bay and executive director for Atii Training Programs in Ottawa.

Kublu served as a member of the board for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, board member for the Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Help Line and chair of the Akitsiraq Law School Society. She is a life member of the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum.

Until a new languages commissioner is selected, the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Languages Commissioner will continue without interruption, said a Sept. 27 news release from Nunavut’s legislative assembly.

“On behalf of all members of the Legislative Assembly, I would like to express my appreciation to Alexina Kublu for her service to Nunavut,” said Hunter Tootoo, the speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Tootoo also invited applications from people interested in serving as Languages Commissioner of Nunavut.

Under the Official Languages Act, the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut is appointed for a four-year term by the Commissioner of Nunavut on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly.

The Languages Commissioner is one of a number of independent officers of the Legislative Assembly who report directly to the legislature, not the territorial government.

“The Languages Commissioner of Nunavut exercises a number of responsibilities under the territory’s official languages legislation,” Tootoo said. “This important position plays a key role in protecting the official language rights of Nunavummiut and reporting to the Legislative Assembly on the government’s compliance with the Official Languages Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act.”

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