Official Indigenous Languages Interpreter-Translator List 

The Official Indigenous Languages Interpreter-Translator list is managed by the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat and is updated periodically. This list is not exhaustive.

Official Indigenous Languages Interpreter-Translator List (PDF)

Chipewyan Interpreters-Translators

Basil, Sarah

Interpreter
Łutselk’e, NT

867-370-3121 (home)
867-785-1942 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator certificate

Biscaye, Elizabeth (Sabet)

Biscaye Language Services
Translator
Yellowknife, NT

sabet57@ssimicro.com
867-873-4419 (home)
867-444-2472 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator certificate, Language Bureau (GNWT)

Catholique, Bertha

Interpreter/Translator
Łutselk’e, NT

berthacatholique@gmail.com
867-446-0588 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Drygeese, Dennis

Interpreter/Translator
Łutselk’e, NT

dennisdrygeese@gmail.com
867-620-1156 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Lockhart, Rose

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

roselockhartmichel@gmail.com
867-766-7925 (home)
867-445-6797 (mobile)

Additional information: Language Teacher Certificate, Aurora College

Cree Interpreters-Translators

Cardinal, Mary

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Smith, NT

jackie1954@live.ca
867-872-4639 (home)

Additional information: Bush Cree dialect

Sanderson, Vance

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Smith, NT

Burntlakevs@gmail.com
867-688-2121 (mobile)

Gwich’in Interpreters-Translators

Carroll, Ruth

Interpreter/Translator
Whitehorse, YT

revmartincarroll@yahoo.ca
867-334-4064 (phone)

Additional information: Experience in broadcasting, interpretation, resource development, and teacher support

Firth, William

Interpreter/Translator
Fort McPherson, NT

yeezhah@gmail.com
867-446-1103 (mobile)
867-952-2449 (work/fax)

Additional information: Language Bureau training (interpreting in legal, politics, health, social service, mining, hunting, fishing, trapping, land management, oil and gas development, astronomy, etc.); Gwich’in Language Instructor diploma (Yukon College and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)); Associate of Applied Science Degree in Native Language Development; Bachelor Degree in Athabaskan Linguistics

Firth-Mitchell, Eleanor

Translator
E. Firth Business Services
Fort McPherson, NT

efirth@live.ca
867-377-0600 (phone)

Additional information: Teetl’it Gwich’in dialect

Inuinnaqtun Interpreters-Translators

Kudlak, Emily

Interpreter/Translator
Ulukhaktok, NT

ekudlak@inuvialuit.com
867-396-3043 (home)
867-445-0913 (mobile)
867-396-3111 (work)

Inuktitut Interpreters-Translators

Langenhan, Mikle

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

mikle@nnsl.com
867-873-2466 (home)
867-765-8050 (mobile)

Additional information: Canadian Translators, Terminologist and Interpreters Council Certificate

Maher, Erica

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

erica.maher@hotmail.com
867-447-0163 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Language Bureau; Legal and medical translation and interpretation training

Napayok-Short, Suzie

Interpreter/Translator
Tusaajiit Translations
Yellowknife, NT

snapayok@theedge.ca
867-873-3021 (home)
867-445-7807 (mobile)
http://tusaajiit.ca/

Inuvialuktun Interpreters-Translators

Carpenter, Holly

Interpreter/Translator
Tuktoyaktuk, NT

hac@ualberta.ca
780-244-4876 (home)
780-850-1615 (mobile)
867-977-2255 (work)

Additional information: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Language Bureau

Elias, Lillian

Interpreter/Translator
Inuvik, NT

lillianelias@hotmail.com
867-777-3989 (home)

Additional information: Uummarmiutun dialect; Linguistic Certificate, University of British Columbia (UBC)

North Slavey Interpreters-Translators

Cleary, Sarah

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

sarahcleary2011@hotmail.com
867-873-9126 (home)
867-444-3794 (mobile)

Additional information: Délı̨nę dialect; GSN# 0134752501

Martin, Mabel

Translator
Tulita, NT

867-445-9484 (mobile)

Additional information: Shıhgot’ıne dialect (Tulita dialect); Interpreter Certificate, Aurora College

Modeste, Mary

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

modeya2012@gmail.com
867-765-5290 (phone)

Additional information: Délı̨nę dialect

Williams, Anne Marie (Marianne)

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

mayellowknife@live.com
867-873-8243 (home)
867-445-7796 (mobile)

Additional information: Délı̨nę dialect; Legal and medical translations certificate; Community Linguistic Certificate, CILLDI       

South Slavey Interpreters-Translators

Bran, Eleanor

Interpreter
Yellowknife, NT

867-873-2062 (phone)

Additional information: Fort Simpson dialect; Legal and medical translations certificate, Language Bureau

Cazon, Mary Jane

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Simpson, NT

maryjanecazon@hotmail.com
gccazon@outlook.com
867-695-2812 (home)
867-695-6664 (mobile)

Additional information: Dene Zhatıé, Fort Simpson dialect; Aboriginal Language Specialty Teaching Certificate, GNWT; Permanent Aboriginal Languages Specialist Certificate, GNWT

Constant, Victor

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Providence, NT

victor_constant@yahoo.com
867-373-0431 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter & Translator certificate, Aurora College

Deneyua, Brenda

Interpreter
Fort Simpson, NT

867-695-2217 (home)
867-695-2348 (work)

Additional information: Interpreter & Translator Certificate, Dene Cultural Institute

Lafferty, Jonas

Interpreter
Fort Simpson, NT

867-695-2217 (home)
867-695-1577 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter & Translator Certificate, Dene Cultural Institute

Tambour, Alex

Translator
Hay River, NT

aetambour@gmail.com

Additional information: Interpreter & Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Tłı̨chǫ Interpreters-Translators

Drygeese, Lena

Interpreter
Yellowknife, NT

867-446-5133 (mobile)

Additional information: Wıı̀lıı̀deh dialect; Interpreter & Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Football, Celine

Interpreter/Translator
Celine’s Interpreting & Translating Services
Yellowknife, NT

celine.football@northwestel.net

867-873-8620 (home)
867-688-7959 (mobile)

Additional information: Interpreter & Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Mackenzie, Margaret

Translator
Yati Translations Ltd.
Yellowknife, NT

yati.translations@gmail.com
867-873-2516 (home)

Additional information: Linguistics Training, Summer Linguistics Program, Native Language Program, New Mexico

Martin, Bernadette (Berna)

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

867-445-1341 (mobile)

Additional information: Wıı̀lıı̀deh dialect; Aboriginal Language Instructor Certificate, Aurora College; ongoing terminology workshops

Siemens, Mary

Translator
Behchokǫ̀, NT

tlicho.siemens@gmail.com
867-371-3333 (home)
867-445-0078 (mobile)

Sundberg, Mary Rose

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

nwtmaro@gmail.com
867-873-7280 (home)
867-446-6276 (mobile)

Additional information: Wıı̀lıı̀deh dialect; Interpreter/Translator Certificate, GNWT; Community Linguistic Certificate, CILLDI, University of Alberta; Adult Educator Certificate, University of Alberta

Disclaimer

  • Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) interpretation and translation services were decentralized in 1997 and became the responsibility of each Department/Agency.
  • The list of self-identified Indigenous language interpreter-translators offering privately contracted services in the Northwest Territories is compiled by the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat (ILES) of the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE).
  • The list of Indigenous language interpreter-translators is not vetted by ECE, nor are there any current standards of accreditation for these private offered services.
  • According to GNWT Official Languages guidelines, it is the responsibility of each Department/Agency to make interpreters available and to translate documents.
  • Policies addressing contractor accreditation and standards of service for Indigenous language interpreters and translators are currently under review. 
  • Official language names appear as listed in the NWT Official Languages Act.