Department OverviewFor our people and heritage
Focused on the health of both our people and our heritage, numerous programs have been developed by this department’s divisions to promote and preserve that which makes us unique.
Aksunai! Welcome to the Nunatsiavut Department of Language, Culture and Tourism.
The origin of the Department of Language, Culture and Tourism dates back to the creation of the Torngâsok Cultural Centre (Torngâsok) under the Labrador Inuit Association (LIA) in 1978. Torngâsok was created to “promote, protect, preserve and advance the culture, language and heritage of the Labrador Inuit”. When the Nunatsiavut Government formed, Torngâsok became the Department of Culture, Tourism and Recreation. In the Fall of 2019 through the acceptance of the revised Origination Order the Department changed its name to Language, Culture and Tourism. Today the mandate of the department is outlined in the Nunatsiavut Government Organization Order (an Inuit law amended in 2019). According to the Organization Order, the functions of the Department include:
- Establishing and administering the cultural and linguistic affairs of the Inuit and the Nunatsiavut Government, including policies, programs and services for the preservation, use and development of Inuktitut;
- Ensuring the supply of translation services for the public in relation to Nunatsiavut Government programs and services;
- Overseeing and managing the Illusuak Cultural Centre;
- Establishing and administering policies, programs and servicers to ensure that the Nunatsiavut Government meets its responsibilities to preserve, protect and manage the historic resources of Nunatsiavut; and
- Administering Nunatsiavut Government policies, programs and services in relation to tourism.
Currently, the Department Language, Culture and Tourism administers a variety of different programs and services for Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. Some of the programs are run independently while others are run through provincial, federal or multi-lateral partnerships. The department has worked together over the past year to determine a focused path forward. The following is the mission, values and vision that the Department has developed to provide that focus moving forward.
Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote Labrador Inuit language, culture and heritage.
Meaningful engagement- with Beneficiaries, stakeholders and each other
Accessibility- our programs and services should benefit all Labrador Inuit and all Nunatsiavimmiut; staff should be welcoming and approachable; and government documents should be organized and easily retrieved by staff and the public
Collaboration- developing partnerships and working together across divisions, departments, with stakeholders and the public for the benefit of Labrador Inuit
Communication- regularly sharing information with each other and the public through clear, easy to understand messaging
Accountability- accepting responsibility for our duties obligated under our mandate and answering to the Beneficiaries we serve
We envision a future where the Labrador Inuit are connected with their heritage, practicing their language, and where the Labrador Inuit culture and Nunatsiavut communities are thriving.
The Department has developed a strategic plan for 2017-2020 to ensure that our work is focused and that we continue to strive to improve our operations. The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Strategic Plan, 2017-2020 was approved in November of 2017.