Indigenous Interpreting Program
Even before COVID-19 emerged as a global pandemic, our Indigenous community faced significant challenges due to the language gap within our health institutions and legal system. This persistent language barrier has hindered access to crucial assistance and services for our community members. When COVID-19 spread worldwide and vital information became available, our community remained in the dark due to the same language barriers we had long been grappling with.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, CBDIO took action and began translating all available information about COVID-19 into Mixteco, Triqui, Tlapaneco, and Zapoteco—the languages spoken within our community. We understand that language barriers extend beyond COVID-19, prompting us to increase our focus on addressing these challenges through our interpreting services.
With this in mind, we are launching the Indigenous Interpreting Services program, specifically tailored to address the language gap our community faces. Our primary objective is to provide interpreters who can bridge communication barriers and facilitate access to vital assistance and healthcare services. By offering these interpreting services, we aim to empower our community members and ensure they receive the support they need.
Through our program, we will recruit and train skilled interpreters who are not only fluent in the relevant Indigenous languages but also possess a deep understanding of our community's culture and traditions. These interpreters will serve as invaluable resources when community members seek assistance and healthcare services, acting as a vital link between them and service providers.
By addressing the language gap head-on, we strive to foster inclusivity, improve access to essential services, and uplift the well-being of our Indigenous community. Together, let us break down the barriers that have hindered our progress and create a more equitable and supportive environment for all.