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Inuktitut Language

Inuktitut is the name for a group of Inuit languages which are spoken across much of the northern parts of Canada including Newfoundland, Quebec and northeastern Manitoba. Inuktitut is recognized as an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The Government of Nunavut uses the term Inuktut to represent all Inuit languages and dialects spoken in Nunavut. wintranslation is proud to offer Inuktitut into English and English into Inuktitut translation services.

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Inuktitut Dialects

Although there are no official designations or boundaries, there are many different recognized dialects of Inuktitut based upon certain geographical areas. In most cases an Inuit person from one area could understand the Inuktitut language spoken by someone from another area, however there are differences in terminology which should be taken into consideration when translating from English into Inuktitut.

Inuit and Inuktitut Distinction

There is a specific distinction between Inuit and Inuktitut, and many confuse the two. Inuit refers to the entire collection of languages spoken by  and unique dialects spoken by Northern Canadian Indigenous communities, while Inuktitut is one of the more popular dialects, spoken by over 34,000 speakers. Although it is considered an endangered language, there are many government documents that are regularly published in both English and Inukitut.

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Communities where Inuinnaqtun is commonly spoken:

  • Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay)
  • Qurluqtuq (Kugluktuk)
  • Ulukhaqtuq (Ulukhaktok)
  • Umingmaktok
  • Bathurst Inlet
  • Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay)

Communities where Nattiliŋmiut is commonly spoken:

  • Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay)
  • Uqšuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven)
  • Talurjuaq (Taloyoak)

Communities where Kivallirmiut is commonly spoken:

  • Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)
  • Kangiqłiniq (Rankin Inlet)

Communities where Paallirmiut is commonly spoken:

  • Arviat
  • Tikirarjuaq (Whale Cove)

Communities where Aivilingmiut is commonly spoken:

  • Kangiqłiniq (Rankin Inlet)
  • Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet)
  • Salliq (Coral Harbour)
  • Naujaat (Repulse Bay)

Communities where Baffin is commonly spoken:

  • North Baffin
    • Iglulik (Igloolik)
    • Qausuittuq (Resolute)
    • Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)
    • Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
    • Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord)
    • Sanirajaq (Hall Beach)
    • Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River)
  • Central Baffin
    • Qikiqtarjuaq
    • Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung)
  • South Baffin
    • Iqaluit
    • Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
    • Kimmirut

Communities where Sanikiluarmiut is commonly spoken:

  • Sanikiluaq

Communities where Nunavik is commonly spoken:

  • Kuujjuaq
  • Kuujjuarapik
  • Umiujaq
  • Inukjuak
  • Puvirnituq
  • Akulivik
  • Ivujivik
  • Aupaluk
  • Kangiqsualujjuaq
  • Kangiqsujuaq
  • Kangirsuk
  • Quaqtaq
  • Salluit
  • Tasiujaq
  • Whapmagoostui

Communities where Nunatsiavut is commonly spoken:

  • Hopedale
  • Postville
  • Makkovik
  • Rigolet

Communities where Siglitun is commonly spoken:

  • Paulatuk
  • Sachs Harbour
  • Tuktoyaktuk
  • Aklavik

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.

Danielle Durepos

Je continue d’être impressionnée par la qualité et la flexibilité du service fourni par wintranslation. Les textes rendus sont toujours impeccables et les commentaires des réviseurs toujours à propos. J’apprécie beaucoup de pouvoir compter sur cet atout pour les projets que notre petite équipe ne peut traiter seule.

Géraldine Green

I valued the kindness and consideration given to us. While always being professional, we were treated like people, not clients. When we got a reply, wintranslation remembered that we had had a past contract with them. I really appreciated that they remembered our organization and this gave me confidence in their respectful engagement. We created a reconciliation toolkit for business leaders and wanted to make sure that everyone had access to it. Wintranslation really helped us out.

Shelagh Roxburgh

The museum contacted wintranslation because we needed text translated for a new panel. We wanted two dialects for the panel – Eastern Ojibwe and Mohawk. wintranslation went above and beyond to ensure the dialects were location appropriate and that they were done by knowledge holders from both communities.

Patience and commitment of wintranslation staff to ensure that we had high quality and accurate translation was amazing. Thank you wintranslation, the translators and community members for ensuring the museum was able to put forth an excellent panel that was true to both communities and that visitors to Murney Tower Museum will be able to experience both Eastern Ojibwe and Mohawk in print.

Danielle Marshall

Our organization needed several materials translated into Atikamekw and Naskapi to promote rail safety in Indigenous communities. Wintranslation responded to our request and provided us with an accurate quote and estimated turnaround time — which was surprisingly quick. Although our materials were designed in-house, the wintranslation team was happy to review all final designs to ensure there were no errors, and the layout was correct. We will definitely do business with them again for future projects.

Maryse Betournay

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!

Vanessa Lee

I love that Wintranslation services assigns me flexible work that I can do remotely , from the comfort of my own home or when I travel. The mobile and flexible work suits my needs and gives me a lot of freedom.
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Gloria P., Inuktut Translator

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.

Rebekah Wilson

Thank you so much, I am extremely pleased with how fast this was turned around and the service provided.

Cheryl Lesperance

Summary of Qualifications for wintranslation's Inuktitut Translators

Leena

  • Holds a degree in Education from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Developed and implemented many Inuktitut language training programs for over 10 years
  • Created Inuktitut learning curriculum for all ages – from preschool to adult

Monica

  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Education with St. Francis Xavier University and the Nunavut Arctic College
  • Over 10 years of experience as an Inuktitut language and culture instructor
  • Involved in various educational roles for over 25 years

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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 aboriginal languages including Inuinnaqtun, Cree, Mi’kmaq, and Ojibwe. Please see our languages page for a full list of languages and dialects we currently support. 

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