The Indigenous Interpreter®: A Training Program for Indigenous Interpreters Available to All
Thursday, 20 February, 2020
No one disputes the need for trained, indigenous language interpreters in community and legal settings. Many small programs have popped up over the years, that have been hard to scale and replicate. With the publication of The Indigenous Interpreter® training manual and workbook in 2019, a 60-hour, 21-module training program designed to target and overcome specific barriers to the interpreting profession and skill acquisition by indigenous interpreters is available. This presentation by one of the training’s lead creators and authors will walk you through the development, recruitment and implementation process required to bring this program to life. Major lessons learned during the program’s creation will be shared, along with concrete strategies for developing trainings for indigenous interpreters and the real-life positive impact for members of indigenous communities.
Katharine Allen is a healthcare and community interpreter with over 3 decades of experience interpreting, training, and designing curricula. She is the co-founder and co-president of InterpretAmerica, an organization dedicated to raising the profile of interpreting. Katharine was a lead developer and is a licensed trainer for The Indigenous Interpreter® 60-hour training and has helped embed professional interpreting into medical missions in Mexico. Katharine is also a co-author of The Community Interpreter® International: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter-A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting. She taught for the Glendon College of Translation Master in Conference Interpreting for 7 years and is currently an instructor for the UMASS Amherst Online Interpreting Certificate Program. Katharine has an MA in Translation and Interpretation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
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