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Lawyer-Translator, French

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This employment opportunity is restricted to residents of Iqaluit only.
Union Status: 
$110,591 - $148,356
Northern Allowance: 
$ 15,016.00
Closing Date: 
Friday, August 6, 2021 - 11:59pm

This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

This employment opportunity is restricted to residents of Iqaluit only.

Reporting to the Director of Legislation Division, the Lawyer-Translator, French prepares French versions of bills, regulations, appointment documents and other legislative documents for the Government of Nunavut. Typically, the French version is prepared from an English language draft. The position gives legal advice and opinions with respect to French versions of drafts. The incumbent may also review documents translated by others and provide legal advice regarding the French versions of existing texts to ensure their accuracy in law. The French versions that the Lawyer-Translator prepares become the law of Nunavut and are legally authoritative. The candidate should be able to give legal advice regarding legislation and other legal instruments. The documents produced by the Lawyer-Translator, French will have a significant effect on members of the public and on the Government of Nunavut. Often, they will also be of very significant political importance to the Government.

The ideal candidate must be legally authorized to practice law in Nunavut. Therefore, the applicant must have a degree in law, and either be a member of the Law Society of Nunavut or be eligible to become a member within a reasonable time. In addition, the Lawyer-Translator, French, must have one of the following: a post-secondary diploma, or degree in translation, or French linguistics, or French language sciences, or at least one year of experience translating from English into French or drafting legislation in French, or equivalent experience.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French.  Fluency in French and proficiency in English is required.  Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatugangit is an asset.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.
  • Applicants may submit their resume in the Official Language of their choice.
  • Eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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