Indigenous Languages

Languages in Motion provides translation of nearly every Indigenous dialect spoken in Canada. Translating materials into Indigenous languages brings harmony and communication to the communities!

Did you know that there are over 60 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada today?

At Languages in Motion, we believe it is important to understand, recognize and celebrate these languages as part of Canada’s diverse and rich heritage and culture.

Did you know that Indigenous language translation is much more complex than translating into and from other common languages?

The providers for Indigenous translation are extremely varied in languages and dialects in addition to work methods and applications. There are many unique elements that should be taken into consideration for projects of this nature which can present unique challenges as summarized below.

Top 5 Indigenous Translation Considerations

  • Consideration #1: For many Indigenous languages, the number of working translators is limited (our translators are just like gems; rare and precious), which means they are in high demand!
  • Consideration #2: Indigenous translators are, for the most part, not full-time translators but first and foremost they are masters of the language, and often teachers or community leaders.
  • Consideration #3: Indigenous business culture can be different than what you may be used to!
  • Consideration #4: Indigenous translators often work out of their community (in more remote locations) so communications can sometimes present a challenge.
  • Consideration #5: Deadlines are harder to meet and revision is often not practiced out of respect, this is not avoidance of quality control but more a cultural norm.

Indigenous Languages We Translate

Algonquin

Atikamekw/Attikamek

Blackfoot

Cayuga

Chilcotin

Cree

Dakota

Dene

Dogrib

Gitxsan/Gitsenimax

Gwich’in

Halkomelem

Innu-aimun

Inuinnaqtun

Inuktitut

Inupiaq

Inuvialuktun/Western Inuktitut

Kutenai

Malecite-Passamaquoddy

Michif

Mi’kmaq

Mohawk

Montagnais

Moose Cree

North Slavey

Northern East Cree

Nunavik

Nuu-chah-nulth

Ojibwe

Oji-Cree

Oneida

Onondaga

Plains Cree

Seneca

Siberian Yupik

South Slavey

Southern East Cree

Swampy Cree

Thompson/Nlaka’pamuctsin

Woods Cree

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