Translation Services

Known for quick, efficient and accurate work, Wawatay is trusted for general translations as well as complex political, health, legal and industrial (mining, forestry) documents. We translate English documents into the Aboriginal languages of Northern Ontario of Ojibway, Ojicree and Cree. Printable documents can be produced in syllabic font or roman orthography. We can also translate documents from the Aboriginal languages into English. No project is too large or too small. Our translators have years of experience and have translated literally thousands of documents.

Translation Rates

Oji-Cree or Ojibway to English &
English to Oji-Cree or Ojibway

51¢ per word (not including conjunctions)

Minimum charge $25.00 (50 words or less)

RUSH rates 74¢/word

Cree to English &
English to Cree

53¢ per word (not including conjunctions)

Minimum charge $25.00 (47 words or less)

RUSH rates 74¢/word

Miscellaneous Charges

All client-requested revisions are subject to a minimum $30.00 charge.

All file conversion and design services are quoted for each job at Design and Print Services standard rate of $70.00/hr (min. ½ hr).

Faxed or hand written submissions will be accepted but a charge of $25.00/hr (min. ½ hr) will be applied to have the file typed into a suitable format.

Turnaround Times

Turnaround times can vary depending on current workload of translation staff and the complexity of the document. Contact the Sales Administrator for a quote and an estimated time for delivery.

“RUSH” turn around times also vary and are only quoted if the translation staff can accommodate the request based on current workload.


All translated documents are proofread before sent back to the client. If the translated document is being formatted by the client or a third party, Translation Services will review the client’s final layout in .pdf of .doc for formatting or “cut and paste” errors at no extra charge, if desired.

Acceptable File Formats

Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format or plain text (.txt or .rtf) format accepted. Text in the body of an email message can also be submitted. Other file formats (.ppt, .pdf, .ai, .indd, .qxd) may be accepted but are subject to a file conversion charge. Publisher (.pub) and WordPerfect (.wpd) are not accepted.

Preparing the File for Submission

Remove all elements (pictures and illustrations) that are not to be translated.

Remove all formatting. Select all text (Ctrl+A or +A) and click on “Clear Formatting” on the Styles Palette in Word.

Output Files

Wawatay Translations Services with provide the client with a plain text Microsoft Word document (.doc) and/or Adobe PDF in the desired language(s). Available output formats include syllabics, roman orthography and English plain text.

In order to view/print the translated Word document files, you will require the Wawatay Syllabics TrueType font. The font is available for download at Use of the font is free for personal use but a license is required to publish materials (print or electronic) with this font. Editing of the syllabic font also requires a keyboard driver. Contact the Sales Administrator for more details.

If a print-ready document is required, Wawatay can provide these services through our Design and Print Services department to provide the following output file formats:

  • Adobe Reader (.pdf)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe InDesign (.indd)
  • Adobe PhotoShop (.psd, .tiff)
  • Quark Xpress (.qxd)

*This service is not included in the basic translation pricing. Contact the Sales Administrator for a quote.

Audio/Video Transcription

Translation Services can also transcribe audio/video recordings to English Text or Ojibway, Ojicree or Cree syllabics or Roman Orthography. Contact the Sales Administrator for a quote.

For more information or send your file for translation please email


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Translation Services Rate Card

Syllabics Keyboard Template
(so you can type in syllabics using an english keyboard)

Syllabics Chart
(shows how syllabics are pronounced)