Languages and Power
CIELO created the Center for Indigenous Language and Power (CILP). CILP responds to the multiple needs that interpreters require to provide the most accurate interpretation while power building and creating sustainable leadership of the interpreters themselves. CILP invests in the leadership of Indigenous interpreters in various parts of the United States, given the vast and urgent need. We provide continuous education for interpreters through workshops given by experts in their field alongside Indigenous seasoned interprets guiding the new generation in breaking down the terminology in Indigenous languages. We aim to limit the borrowing of Spanish in Indigenous language interpretation. Additionally, we provided access to free mental health services for Indigenous interpreters ensuring that the work is sustainable and restorative.
We also organized the first and only National Indigenous Interpreters Conference to provide networking space to build relationships throughout our indigenous interprets networks.