Inuit readers now have Bible in Inuktitut


Last updated 1/19/2013 at 1:30pm

Sue Careless for the Canadian Bible Society

Canon Jonas Allooloo, left, Bishop Benjamin Arreak, Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk and Rev. Joshua Arreak prepare an Inuktitut translation of the Bible at the Canadian Bible Society’s Translation Office in Kitchener, Ontario, on November 23, 2001.

NUNAVUT, NVT—Readers of Inuktitut can now read the Bible in their own language thanks to the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).

The translation office in Kitchener, Ontario, worked with Anglican Church leaders from the Diocese of the Arctic for the past 30 years to produce the Inuktitut Bible. The New Testament translation, started in 1978 and finished in 1991, is now in its fifth printing. The full Bible, including the recently finished Old Testament, was dedicated in Nunavut in 2012.

“It’s taken so long because the translators are busy parish priests,” says Hart Weins, CBS director of...

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