First Nations Languages Program (FNLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”

Fall 2019 Convocation

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". 

Warmest Welcome

We would like to welcome Cheyenne Cunningham to the FNLP team as the new Program Coordinator. Cheyenne brings to FNLP her familiarity of First Nations language initiatives. Cheyenne is a recent (inaugural cohort) graduate of SFU's new Master of Arts in Linguistics of a First Nations Language Program and is a First Nations language teacher in her community.

Spring 2019 Convocation

Honorary Degree Recipients

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Conferred: June 13, 2019

(June 2019 Recipients List)

2018-19 First Nations Languages Graduates and Graduands!

Master of Arts in Linguistics of a First Nations Language degree and the Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency credential were conferred to 2018/19 First Nations Language graduates and graduates on June 13th during Spring 2019 Convocation (June 2019) week.

June 2019 Convocation Program Book



Cormack Teaching Award

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

Collaboration Congratulations!

Governor General Innovation Awards

2019 Recipients: Dr. Marianne Ignace and Dr. Ronald Ignace.
(Read more or Award Event's photos)

International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019)

"to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalize and promote them." Source and more details:  



To view latest news and events, visit FNLP News and Events webpage:


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


This webpage last updated: September 23, 2019.