Official Indigenous Languages Interpreter-Translators

Calling all Indigenous Language Interpreters and Translators!

Join the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) for an online virtual gathering that will provide information and discussion about Indigenous language services, language curriculum in NWT schools, and more!

Date: October 6 and 7, 2021
Time: 9am-12pm
Where: Online via Zoom – link will be provided upon registration

Participants will receive $125.00 per morning for attending, as well as $75.00 to offset the cost of technology and internet fees, for a total of $325.00 for two mornings.

ECE hopes to hear from as many interpreters and translators as possible who are interested in attending the virtual gathering.

For more information or to register for this event, please call (867) 767-9346 Ext. 71040 or email Indigenous_languages@gov.nt.ca.

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)

Additional infomaiton: Interpreter and Translator certificate

Beaver, Eileen

Translator
Fort Smith, NT
eileen_beaver@hotmail.com
587-778-4653 (mobile)

Biscaye, Elizabeth (Sabet)

Biscaye Language Services
Translator
Yellowknife, NT

sabet57@ssimicro.com

867-873-4419 (home)
867-444-2472 (mobile)

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

Catholique, Bertha

Interpreter/Translator
Łutselk’e, NT

berthacatholique@gmail.com

867-446-0588 (mobile)

Additional infomaiton: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Drygeese, Dennis

Interpreter/Translator
Łutselk’e, NT

dennisdrygeese@gmail.com

867-620-1156 (mobile)

Additional infomaiton: Interpreter and Translator Certificate, Aurora College

Lockhart, Rose

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

lockhartrose61@gmail.com

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)
867-688-0617 (mobile)

Additional information: Bush Cree dialect

Sanderson, Vance

Interpreter/Translator
Fort Smith, NT

vances41@hotmail.com

867-688-2121 (mobile)

Gwich’in Interpreters-Translators

Carroll, Ruth

Interpreter/Translator
Whitehorse, YT

revmartincarroll@yahoo.ca

867-334-4203 (mobile)
867-334-4064 (phone)

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

English, Mabel

Interpreter
Inuvik, NT

867-777-3749 (home)

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

efirth917@gmail.com
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/

Additional information: Freelance Inuktitut simultaneous interpreter and court interpreter, certified (GNWT, NWT Legislative Assembly); experience working for all levels of government in Canada (FPT, agencies, local), Inuit organizations and international councils, universities, businesses; Inuktitut translations in various Inuit dialects; documents translated in multiple formats, including acts, statutes, regulations, by-laws, reports; work includes all meeting material requirements, public hearing submissions, financial statements; etc.

Inuvialuktun Interpreters-Translators

Carpenter, Holly

Interpreter/Translator
Tuktoyaktuk, NT

hac@ualberta.ca

780-244-4876 (home)
780-850-1615 (mobile)

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

Grandjambe, Dora

Interpreter/Translator
Mackenzie Mountain School
Norman Wells, NT

dgrandjambe@sahtudec.ca

867-587-3422 (home)

Additional information: Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake dialects specialization; familiar with Délı̨nę dialect; available after 4:00 pm on weekdays for interpretation services

Martin, Mabel

Translator
Tulita, NT

babycattulita@gmail.com

867-445-9484 (mobile)

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

Modeste, Mary

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

cecileayah91@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)
867-695-6732 (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

867-873-9774 (home)
867-446-2407 (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)
867-688-9365 (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

bernadettemartin57@hotmail.com

867-445-1341 (mobile)

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

Siemens, Mary

Translator
Behchokǫ̀ (Edzo), NT

tlicho.siemens@gmail.com

867-371-3333 (home)
867-445-0078 (mobile)

Sundberg, Mary Rose

Interpreter/Translator
Yellowknife, NT

nwtmaro@gmail.com

867-446-6276 (mobile)
867-873-6276 (home)

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 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.