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Halkomelem is spoken in southwestern British Columbia, Canada and into northern Washington, United States. Halkomelem has three distinct dialect groups:
- An Island dialect spoken by the Snuynemuxw, Nanoonse, Chemainus, Cowichan, Halalt, Lake Cowichan, Lyackson, and Penelakut.
- A Downriver dialect, spoken by the Musqueam, Twawwassen, Kawntlen, Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt, Kwikwetlem, and Katzie First Nations.
- An Upriver dialect, called Upper Sto:lo, spoken between Matsqui First Nation and Yale.
Halkomelem is currently considered an endangered language with only 260 native speakers in 35 of 42 communities in Canada.
We (The Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre) required short translations in a variety of dialects: Algonquin, Michif, Plains Cree, Woods Cree and Halq'eméylem. Wintranslation helped us find the best match from their available translators and overall had all of the dialects we needed. They were competent, friendly, and helped us meet our tight deadlines efficiently.
We contacted wintranslation to have one of our assessment documents translated into Eastern Ojibwe. The communication was easy and the translation was delivered with attention to detail and care. The very next time, when we required translation of another document into Dënesųłiné (Chipewyan), nēhiyawēwin (Plains Cree), Néhinaw (Swampy Cree) and Nīhithawīwin (Woods Cree) we contacted wintranslation and really appreciated the one-stop convenience and their capabilities in Indigenous languages we requested.
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I approached wintranslation because I needed a series of Educational Posters translated into Swampy Cree to facilitate a broader reach to our Indigenous audience. Wintranslation made the process easy even when I was unable to communicate regularly. I really appreciated their quick turn around times (faster than quoted) and their patience with my questions about the translation (not having any background with the language). The end result are some fabulous resources that will be shared with kids and adults alike, with more to come!
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I had a great experience working with wintranslation. I called first to get an idea of what specific Indigenous dialect I would need translation into based on my program's region and they were very helpful. I received a quick response back on my request for a quote and prompt and polite service throughout the entire interaction. In addition, receipt of my e-mail was acknowledged in a timely manner even though my consultant was out of the office for the afternoon which helped to put my mind at ease.
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An award-winning translation service provider based in North America, wintranslation has a fifteen year track record in managing complex multimedia and large-scale projects on time and on budget. Our company specializes in the translation of Canada’s Indigenous languages including Cree, Inuinnaqtun, Mohawk and Dene. Please see our languages page for a full list of languages and dialects we currently support.
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