Nigel Howard (sign language interpreter)

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  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Deaf Interpreter
  • ASL Instructor
Known forASL Interpreting

Nigel Howard is an Canadian American Sign Language ASL interpreting and American Sign Language based in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] He is an interpreter for the United Nations[2] and the Government of British Columbia[3]. Howard came into public attention when he became the ASL interpreting for British Columbia televised COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia[4]. He serves as the treasurer of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters.[2] He also teaches at Douglas College as an instructor[5] in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation[6], University of Victoria where he is a professor in the Department of Linguistics[7], and University of British Columbia where he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Linguistics[8].

BC COVID-19 Updates

Howard was the ASL interpreting for most of British Columbia televised COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia, from his first appearance on March 16th, 2020[9] to September 8th, 2020[10]. After September 8th, 2020 Howard returned to teaching but made occasional appearances[11].


  1. Scott, Sheila (March 24, 2020). "'It has been interesting': Meet the B.C. sign language interpreter attracting attention across the country". British Columbia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Beloved sign-language interpreter Nigel Howard paves way as instructor of first ASL class at UBC".
  3. "BC's Iconic Interpreter Nigel Howard Will Teach The First-Ever ASL Program At UBC". August 31, 2020.
  5. Mackie, John. "Sign-language interpreter takes it to next level, gains following during crisis". Times Colonist.

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