First Nations Languages Program (FNLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”


We are pleased to welcome Dr. James Crippen (Dzéiwsh) as FNLP's first postdoctoral fellow. James recently completed his PhD in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia, with his dissertation focused on the Tlingit verb complex.  

James works primarily on Tlingit and languages in the Na-Dene family but also holds research interest in other Indigenous languages in the Pacific Northwest such as Haida and Chinook Jargon.

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2019-20 Convocation

Spring 2020:
Ceremony will in June 2020.

Fall 2019
Regena Seward-Wilson completed her MA Linguistics in a First Nations Language project.
Her MA project is titled "ni’ q’ushintul’ ’u tunu shhw’alukw’a’ | Traveling with my family: Growing and learning in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language".

2018-19 Convocation

1) Honorary Degree Recipient
     Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

    Conferred: June 13, 2019

    (June 2019 Honorees List)

2) First Nations Languages Graduates

A Master of Arts in Linguistics of a First Nations Language degree was conferred to the inaugural cohort in Spring 2019. Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency credential was also conferred in Spring 2019 Convocation (June 2019).

June 2019 Convocation Program Book



Elder Ruby Peter and Hul'q'umi'num' Language and Culture Society featured in CBC News 

CBC News published an article highlighting the work Elder Ruby Peter and the Hul'q'umi'num' Language and Culture Society has done to preserve the Hul'q'umi'num' language. This past spring, four generations of Elder Peter's family received university honours from SFU. 

SSHRC Impact Partnership Award

Professor Marianne Ignace was awarded the 2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact - Partnership Award at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is being recognized for her achievements in Indigenous language revitalization, and the impact she has made beyond the social sciences research community. 

Cormack Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marianne Ignace who has been awarded the 2019 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Cormack Teaching Award.


The SFU First Nations Languages Program (FNLP), previously known  as First Nations Community Academic Outreach (NEP/FNEP), is inspired by the award-winning SFU Kamloops Program, where the First Nations Studies programs, First Nations language proficiency programs and First Nations language courses were originally developed and offered. Between 1988 and 2010, more than 400 students graduated from SFU Kamloops Program with SFU credentials, including Certificates, BA, BGS and BEd degrees, in concentrations such as Majors and Minors in Anthropology and Sociology, Linguistics, First Nations Studies and Archaeology.

The mission of the Academic Outreach and First Nations Languages Program since its inception has been the collective and individual empowerment of Indigenous peoples through education, taking into account First Nations' own knowledge systems, histories, ways of being and learning. Aware of the powerful role that Indigenous languages and language  revitalization play for the present and future identity, well-being and wholeness of Indigenous peoples and communities, the First Nations Languages Program works with First Nations speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off campus in First Nations communities. Since 1993 and in partnership with First Nations organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and Yukon.

Our Program motto is “Help yourself and help one another."




For further information or consultation about the following, go to:

  • First Nations Community Academic Outreach and Coordination
  • Program(s):  Certificate in FN Language Proficiency (CFNLP) & Diploma in FN Language Proficiency (DFNLP)
  • First Nations Language Courses: FNLG & LING
Last updated May 26, 2020