Facebook launches Inuktut translation option to ease access for Inuit users
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
Facebook is making it easier for speakers of Inuit languages to connect with one another
electronically by allowing its interface to be translated into Inuktut, the closely linked languages of the North.
Starting today, the Inuit will be able to use Facebook’s translation application to spell, with Roman letters, words such as “home,” “messenger,” “marketplace” and “photo album” that guide users around the social network.
Other speakers of Inuit languages will be asked to vote on the translation with a thumbs up or a thumbs down and, once a translation has received sufficient endorsement, it will become the official Inuktut translation on Facebook.
Kevin Chan, the head of public policy at Facebook Canada, said the network held a recent round table with Indigenous leaders from across Canada, including Aluki Kotierk, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) – the legal representative of the Inuit in treaty negotiations.