Nunavut premier presents literacy award to Inuktut translator

Jeela Palluq-Cloutier honoured for her work translating 11,000 words to make Facebook accessible

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok poses with Jeela Palluq-Cloutier Wednesday after presenting her the Council of the Federation Literacy Award on the opening day of the legislative assembly. (Photo courtesy of P.J. Akeeagok/Twitter)

By Nunatsiaq News

A woman who translated thousands of words from English to Inuktitut for Facebook has been recognized with an award from Nunavut’s premier.

P.J. Akeeagok presented Jeela Palluq-Cloutier the Council of the Federation Literacy Award Wednesday, on the opening day of the territory’s legislative assembly in Iqaluit.

In July, Inuktitut became an available language option on Facebook largely due to Palluq-Cloutier’s work. Over the course of two months, she translated more than 11,000 words for the social media giant.

“This award recognizes Jeela’s tireless work toward revitalizing and strengthening Inuktut languages for many years,” Akeeagok said in a statement.

“I want to congratulate Jeela and thank her for her dedication.”

In addition to her work to get Inuit languages on Facebook, Palluq-Cloutier has also worked to make Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun available on Microsoft Translator.

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy, according to the award’s website.

It is presented annually to one person from every Canadian province and territory.

Other recent Nunavut recipients include Arviat educator Nunia Anoee, Rankin Inlet teacher Charmaine Okatsiak and longtime language leader and teacher Monica Ittusardjuat.

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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by The wild west on

    Does Nunavut have a licencing process to certify translators, or can anyone charge 200$ an hour for their translation services?

    • Posted by Jay Arnakak on

      I’ve been a translator most of my adult life. I’ve never seen a $200/hr rate.

    • Posted by Iqalummiut on

      How much does it cost to learn Inuktut?

      • Posted by Jay Arnakak on

        As an Inuk and/or Québécois-speaking GN employee, I think you get the assessment of your choice for free.

        So little information is offered or granted by the government-by-bureaucracy. Like the Pontificate, I swear!

    • Posted by oh ima on

      there’s training for people to become translators or interpreters and a very good one charges good rates. It’s a valuable service.

      • Posted by Jay Arnakak on

        ain. We should go that route, ima Cancel.

  2. Posted by Jay Arnakak on

    ain. ajunngit!

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