Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 am Post subject: Now it's Aboriginal Languages -- all 60 of them!
House of Commons gearing up for Indigenous languages in chamber Internal government briefing note says Translation Bureau is building roster of interpreters
By Dean Beeby, CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017 6:38 AM ET
An internal briefing note from Public Services and Procurement Canada, obtained by CBC News, suggests the government plans to add more real-time Indigenous language interpreters in the House of Commons — something Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette has been pressing for.
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An extra interpretation booth has already been added to the new Commons chamber in the West Block, slated to open next fall as the existing chamber gets a 10-year makeover. From there, specialists will be able to interpret Indigenous languages like Cree and Ojibway, as well as other languages, in real time.
"Given that there are approximately 60 different Indigenous dialects in Canada, grouped in 10 families, the capacity of qualified freelance interpreters in Indigenous languages is extremely limited," warns an internal briefing note from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.
"The [Translation] Bureau is working to develop this capacity and has assigned a senior interpreter to work on assessing and building capacity. Other factors to be considered are related to security clearance, travel (distances and costs are significant), and the ability to assess language skills in Indigenous languages, which is limited, as well."
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