The Kativik School Board says it cannot provide more French language education in Nunavik, despite a request from the Quebec Minister of Education this month.
The minister wants an all French-language instruction stream for primary grades in Kuujjuaq.
The school board said it is already providing education in Inuktitut, French and English and it cannot add another French-only stream.
School board president Johnny Kasudluaq said Quebec laws have being maintained for the past 30 years.
He says the board is surprised the Quebec government has suddenly concluded a breach has been made.
"We are under a specific mandate," he said. "We are limited to the provisions of the JBNQA [James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement]. We want to accommodate the majority of the population and that’s being met now."
The school board said the demand from Quebec comes from a small number of French-speaking parents who are requesting the creation of two classrooms in Kuujjuaq and two full-time teachers.
The board said this would in effect create a publicly-funded "private school" in the region.