It may have taken 34 years, but the Inuit now have the Bible in their own language.
A joint project of the Canadian Bible Society and the Anglican Church, the translation started in 1978. The project cost CDN$1.7 million, with the entire team made up of Anglican ministers who are Inuk. Unusually, the translation was completed wholly by native speakers rather than missionaries, a first for Canada.
Rev. Canon Jonas Allooloo expressed his relief that the project is finished, saying “We’re happy to have this out of the way. It’s been 34 years and we can do something else now.”
Inuktitut is spoken by around 30,000 people in Canada, and is one of the official languages of both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The language has regional dialects which were taken into account in the translation.
(Source: Yahoo News)