Legal Translator, Inuktitut - #354757

Government of Nunavut

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Iqaluit, NU
Contract type: Contractor

This employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Inuit who reside in Iqaluit only.

Reporting to the Manager of Legal Translation, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun, the Legal Translator, Inuktitut prepares Inuktitut translations of Bills to be introduced in the Legislative Assembly, Acts and Consolidations of Acts, Regulations, Statutory Appointment documents and other legislative documents and supporting materials. This is highly specialized and critical part of the process of preparing legislation in Nunavut which unlike any other jurisdiction in Canada must have English, French and Inuktitut versions of all Bills. The Legal translator, Inuktitut works closely with the legislative drafters throughout the drafting process to ensure that English drafts are prepared in a way that allows for the preparation of Inuktitut versions that can be more easily understood. This position also works closely with the Nunavut Official Editor/Territorial Printer with respect to the Inuktitut consolidation and editing process and related editing requirements.

The Legal Translator, Inuktitut responsibilities are to translate Bills, Regulations and other complex legislative documents and receive and submit legal document translations electronically from and to drafters and the Manager of Legal Translation-Inuktitut. The Legal Translator, Inuktitut will prepare an accurate Inuktitut version of the Bill/Regulation in accordance with Inuktitut drafting styles as well as identify problems in the text to be translated or issues that arise in producing an Inuktitut version of the Bill/Regulation. The Translator will also conduct terminological research as necessary to produce Inuktitut versions including reviewing original and translated documents to ensure accuracy. Preparing and reviewing Consolidations and summaries of Acts in Inuktitut and ensure all changes made by the amending Bills are in the Consolidation are also required as part of the ongoing Consolidation process.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized post-secondary diploma or degree in Inuktitut translation, or equivalent. Excellent knowledge of Inuktitut is essential. The required ability would normally be found in a native Inuktitut speaker. Knowledge of the Law or Legal terminology is an asset. Excellent knowledge of Inuinnaqtun is also a strong asset.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in Inuktutut is required for the position. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

As this is a term position until August 28, 2024, current indeterminate Government of Nunavut employees may be offered a competitive transfer assignment for the duration of the term if they are deemed to be the successful candidate, however this is subject to managerial approval.

Acceptable combinations of education and experience may be considered for this position. We encourage you to apply if you have equivalent years of education and/or experience equal to the education and experience requirements listed above.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to *************** Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce; therefore, priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered.
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check.
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application.

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