Academic Programs

SFU Academic Calendar (current term)

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics:

Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP)

Suitable for students who wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills in a particular First Nations language, to teach this language in schools, or to enhance their language for cultural reasons or professional objectives. The certificate can be completed on a full or part time basis. Advanced placement through course challenge to a maximum of nine units is possible for fluent speakers. Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the department. All courses are taught by fluent speakers of the language and/or are team taught by a linguist and a fluent speaker or elder.


Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency (DFNLP)

This program is for students who wish to acquire high intermediate to advanced oral proficiency in a particular First Nations language, to revitalize their languages in their communities by contributing to restore intergenerational transmission through institutional and family-oriented use of the language, to teach this language in schools or to adult learners, and to develop resources for First Nations Language learners at all levels. The diploma can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

The Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency consists of 30 upper division units to achieve at least an intermediate oral proficiency and minimum 2.0 GPA.


See SFU Academic Calendar for additional and requirement details.

Courses and programs offered in cooperation with local First Nations communities and language authorities include the following languages:

  • Kaska, Southern Tutchone, Han, Dene, Tlingit, Athapaskan (Yukon)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Secwepemctsin, Eastern, Western Dialects (Kamloops, Williams Lake, Adams Lake)
  • Skwxwú7mesh Snichim (Squamish)
  • Xaad-Kil Haida (Old Masset)
  • Halq'emeylem - Upriver (Chilliwack)
  • Halkomelem - Downriver (Pitt Meadows)
  • Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • Nsyilxcən (Okanagan)
  • St'at'imcets (Lillooet)
  • Tsilhqot'in (Williams Lake)

Courses in other locations and/or in other languages may be offered at the request of the communities/organization. 

Students interested in the above certificate programme, should contact the Program/Academic Advisor ( for requirement details, program enrollment information, and application details.


Graduate Certificate in Linguistics of a First Nations Language

Master of Arts in Linguistics of a First Nations Language


Bachelor Degree

Joint Major in First Nations Studies (FNST) and Linguistics (LING)



Other SFU academic programs of interest:

Certificate in First Nations Studies Research (Department of First Nations Studies)
Certificate in Cultural Resource Management (Department of Archaeology)
Certificate in Literacy Instruction (Faculty of Education)
Ethics Certificate (Department of Philosophy)
Legal Studies Certificate Program (School of Criminology)
Social Justice Certificate Program (Department of Sociology/Anthropology)
Environmental Literacy Certificiate (Faculty of Environment)
Counselling and Human Development Post Baccalaureate Diploma Program (Faculty of Education)