Latin glottal stop in ID in NWT, Canada

Denis Jacquerye moyogo at
Wed Oct 14 11:04:20 CDT 2015

This October the CBC has an article about having a Dene character in ID in
Canada. At the moment the NWT does not allow special characters in names
but this might change after a report by the NWT languages commissioner. The
article uses the unicase ʔ U+0294 LATIN LETTER GLOTTAL STOP in the name

“N.W.T. ID should allow Dene symbols, says languages commissioner”

Here is what N.W.T.'s language commissioner, Shannon Gullberg is quoted
“By not allowing for names that contain Dene fonts, diacritical marks and
symbols, she says the Vital Statistics Act is violating the spirit and
intent of the Official Languages Act.”

This is a follow-up article on what was reported in March.

The CBC’s March article and a MacLean’s article were using the unicase ʔ
U+0294 as well
“Chipewyan baby name not allowed on N.W.T. birth certificate”
Where Dene languages expert Brent Kaulback is quoted saying:
“Dene fonts are now unicode fonts. They can be loaded onto any computer,
and if they're typed into any computer, any other computer can read those
fonts as well.”

“What’s in a name? A Chipewyan’s battle over her native tongue”

The Toronto Star, Metro News Toronto had articles using the uppercase Ɂ
U+0241 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER GLOTTAL STOP in the name SahaiɁa. This probably
should have been the unicase ʔ U+0294 or the lowercase ɂ U+0241 LATIN SMALL
LETTER GLOTTAL STOP (Chipewyan sources I found use one or the other
character for the lowercase letters).

“Aboriginal mom fights officialdom over spelling of daughter’s name:

“Fighting for SahaiɁa: Canada’s first peoples deserve the right to use
their own names”

Searching on the web, only a couple of pages (that are now offline) use the
lowercase ɂ U+0241 LATIN SMALL LETTER GLOTTAL STOP in Sahaiɂa.
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