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GNWT Responds to Findings of French Language Communications Report

Today the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) published its response to recommendations made in an independent report on the French Language Communications and Services for the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

Conducted by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the independent report offered 23 recommendations to the GNWT. The GNWT agrees with 22 of the recommendations. The recommendation that the GNWT does not agree with is recommendation 2.2, which was to raise the recognition of accreditation of nurses, as this responsibility does not fall under the GNWT.

Findings from Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s report reflect that effectiveness of the GNWT’s French language communications and services has remained consistent since the previous evaluation, with a notable improvement in the delivery of bilingual communications.

Findings from the report include:

– Leaders at all levels promoted and supported a positive vision of the Strategic Plan.

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– The capacity of the GNWT to implement the Strategic Plan 2018-2023 was strong.

– Overall, the Strategic Plan was deemed valuable to the Francophone community and its implementation has yielded positive outcomes regarding significant improvements for the availability of communications in terms of signage and advertising.

– Overall, the GNWT increased its monitoring and reporting capacities in comparison to the last Strategic Plan.

– GNWT employees viewed the Francophone Affairs Secretariat as supportive.

– Recruitment of staff proved to be challenging, but even more difficult was finding new staff members who were bilingual.

The recommendations from this report will be used inform the development of the next French Language Communications and Services five-year strategic plan.

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