Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Self rule for Greenland

Nice news from Greenland.

"NUUK, Greenland, June 21 (UPI) -- Greenland took a step toward independence Sunday as it became a "self-ruled" country on its national day.

Self-rule gives residents of the world's largest island more control over their lives, including local government control of the police and courts, the BBC reported. Kalaallisut or Greenlandic, the language spoken by the Inuit people who are a majority of Greenlanders, is now the official language."

We added Maori as an official language for this country in 1987. The Māori Language Act 1987 was a piece of legislation passed by the New Zealand Parliament. It gave Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) official language status, and gave speakers a right to use it in legal settings such as in court.

1987 was 22 years or 264 months ago.

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