In 1993 the territory of Nunavut was established in Canada, and as part of the 2018 Nunavut Day celebrations, Facebook announced that it is opening Inuktut for translation so that the community can help translate Facebook into their language.
Done in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit (IUT), now Inuktut speakers can use the Translate Facebook app to offer a proposed translation for the strings of words and phrases. Others in the community can vote the translation “up” or “down”, and once there are enough votes up, it becomes the official proposed translation for that string.
Facebook in Inuktut should be launched in 2019, depending on the volume of feedback received from the community.
Facebook Canada’s head of public policy, Kevin Chan, said in an official statement: “We’ve been working closely with Indigenous leaders across Canada to understand better how we can improve Facebook to better serve their communities. One key piece of feedback we’ve heard is the strong desire among Indigenous peoples to engage in their own languages on Facebook.”
For more than 10 years now, the Translate Facebook app has enabled communities in translating the Facebook interface into different languages. Now, Facebook is available in more than 100 languages and is used by over one billion people in languages other than English.
Twenty-three million Canadians use Facebook today to connect with friends and family, keep up on news and events and share what matters to them.