Indigenous Languages Interpreters and Translator List 

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

Indigenous Languages Interpreter and 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

kudlakemily@gmail.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

Jumbo, Violet Rose

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Simpson, NT

vrjumbo@hotmail.com
867-695-1609 (mobile)

Additional Information:  Dene Zhatie, Sambaa K’e dialect, Completed 4 Linguistic courses through CILLDI, Aboriginal Language Specialty Teaching Certificate, Numerous Language Courses

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.