Certificate Program

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics:

Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency

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.

This program is 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.

Students interested in the certificate program should contact the FNLP Academic Advisor (fnlp@sfu.ca) for requirement details, program enrollment information, and application details.

> Program Requirements

Languages

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

  • Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Kaska, N/S Tutchone, Han, Dene, Tlingit (Yukon)
  • Secwepemctsin (Kamloops, Williams Lake)
  • Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)
  • Xaad-Kil Haida (Old Masset)
  • Hənq̓əmín̓əm - Downriver (Pitt Meadows)
  • Halq'emeylem - Upriver (Chilliwack)
  • Nsyilxcən (Okanagan)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • 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/organizations. For more information, please contact fnlp@sfu.ca