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.

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A view from the air of the airport in Kuujjuaq, Que. The Quebec Minister of Education wants an all French-language instruction stream for primary grades in Kuujjuaq but the Kativik School Board says it cannot provide that.

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.