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A trilingual parliamentary glossary

Doris Tautu
(Language Update, Volume 8, Number 3, 2011, page 24)

The revitalization and preservation of the Inuit language in Nunavut has been a hot topic for a number of years. With the Inuit Language Protection Act in place since 2008, the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit (Inuit Language Authority) will establish and standardize the Inuit language to increase effective communications. To assist with the revitalization, preservation and standardization, the Translation Bureau has produced the Parliamentary Glossary with Inuktitut equivalents to help Inuktitut speakers gain further knowledge about the parliamentary system and to help advance the Inuktitut language. The Glossary will be a valuable resource for the average Inuk, as well as for Inuktitut interpreters and translators.

The Parliamentary Glossary is available in HTML and PDF at Parliamentary Glossary of Translation Bureau Web site ( The glossary contains 509 English terms with French and Inuktitut equivalents. The terms were taken from the Glossary of Parliamentary Procedure produced by the Procedural Services of the House of Commons. Also included is a list of 42 House of Commons and Senate committees with newly coined Inuktitut equivalents.

This glossary is the result of consultation work done by Papatsi Kublu-Hill, Doris Tautu, Yolande Bernard and Iliana Auverana from the Terminology Standardization Directorate of the Translation Bureau.

The following terms were taken from the Glossary:

abstentionabstention (n.f.)ᓂᕈᐊᙱᓐᓂᖅ
Act of Parliamentloi du Parlement (n.f.)ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᖅ
address in reply to the Speech from the Throneadresse en réponse au discours du Trône (n.f.)ᑭᐅᔾᔪᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᑯᐃᑉ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑎᖓᑕ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ
Blue Book; Main EstimatesBudget principal des dépenses (n.m.); Livre bleu (n.m.)ᑮᓇᐅᔭᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᒃᓴᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ
borrowing authoritypouvoir d’emprunt (n.m.)ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᐅᑎᑦ
budget debatedébat sur le budget (n.m.)ᐊᐃᕙᔾᔪᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᒃᓴᓄ
clause of a billarticle d’un projet de loi (n.m.)ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᖓᑕ ᐃᓚᖓᑦ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᐅᑉ
Clerk of Petitionsgreffier des pétitions (n.m.),
greffière des pétitions (n.f.)
ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑎ
coming-into-force clausedisposition de mise en vigueur (n.f.)ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᒥᒃ
dilatory motionmotion dilatoire (n.f.)ᐲᖅᓯᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᖁᔨᕗᖔᕈᑦ
dissolutiondissolution (n.f.)ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᐃᓱᓕᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓ
dropped ordersquestions supprimées (n.f.)ᑲᑎᒪᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᒃᓴᖅ ᐲᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᑦ
electoral quotaquotient électoral (n.m.)ᖃᑉᓯᐅᓂᖏᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᓴᑦ
enabling clausearticle habilitant (n.m.)ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᒥ
Examiner of Petitionsexaminateur des pétitions (n.m.),
examinatrice des pétitions (n.f.)
ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ
fiscal yearexercice (n.m.)ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᓐᓇᐅᑉ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖓᑦ
free conferenceconférence libre (n.f.)ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖏᑦ
free vote;
unwhipped vote
vote libre (n.m.)ᐃᓱᒪᖅᓱᕐᓗᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅ
Governor Generalgouverneur général (n.m.),
gouverneure générale (n.f.)
ᑯᐃᑉ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖓ
Governor in Councilgouverneur en conseil (n.m.),
gouverneure en conseil (n.f.)
ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᑦ
guillotineguillotine (n.f.);
bâillon (n.m.)
housekeeping motionmotion d’ordre administratif (n.f.)ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔾᔪᑎᓄᑦ ᐱᖁᔨᕗᖔᕈᑦ
House Officialhaut fonctionnaire de la Chambre (n.m.), haute fonctionnaire de la Chambre (n.f.)ᑎᓕᓯᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑲᒪᔨ
inquiry of a committeeenquête d’un comité (n.f.)ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕋᓛᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖏᑦ
interim supplycrédits provisoires (n.m.plur.)ᑮᓇᐅᔭᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᑲᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅ
introduction of a billprésentation d’un projet de loi (n.f.)ᐱᖁᔭᒃᓴᕐᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ
legislative committeecomité législatif (n.m.)ᒪᓕᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᕋᓛᑦ
lock-upséance d’information à huis clos (n.f.)ᒪᑐᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖅ

This glossary shows that the Inuit language is alive and well and continuing to grow stronger at the national level and that the Translation Bureau is playing a major role in making it available publicly.

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