Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories will receive $19.6 million.

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod made the announcement May 26. It comes after negotiations over the past year between the federal government, the GNWT and Nunavut, stated a news release.

The GNWT will receive $5.9 million for 2017-2018, while Nunavut will receive $4.1 million for the same period.

Alfred Moses, NWT minister of education, culture and employment said the money was a positive step for NWT communities.

“Language plays a critical role in identity, and with the new agreement in place, we will be able to further support and enhance the excellent work already underway in our language communities,” he stated in a news release issued by Canadian Heritage.

The money will cover indigenous language services from 2016-2020.