By Emily Blake THE CANADIAN PRESS YELLOWKNIFE -From legislative chambers to classrooms, and on the radio and TV, Indigenous languages are spoken and heard every day across the North thanks to dedicated elders, teachers, translators and broadcasters. Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, who has long worked as an Inuktitut teacher and translator in Nunavut, said she learned the language from her unilingual parents while growing up in Igloolik. “My dad’s passed now, but when I was translating I always had him at the back of my mind thinking: ‘He needs to be able to understand this,”’ she said. “Unilingual Inuit have a right to information and the information that’s being translated needs to be the best quality.” Palluq-Cloutier took part in efforts to make Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun available on Microsoft Translator and has
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