Diploma Program

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics: 

Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency

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

The prerequisite for the DFNLP is normally prior completion of the SFU 27-unit undergraduate Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency (CFNLP). Students who have completed a Certificate equivalent to the SFU CFNLP at other postsecondary institutions, or who undergo a Prior Learning Assessment and demonstrate skills in the language equivalent to at least low intermediate language proficiency according to ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or similar benchmarks, may also be admitted into the DFNLP.

Advanced placement in the DFNLP may be obtained through course challenge, provided the applicant undergoes assessment equivalent to what is required of regular students (including a Language Proficiency Assessment, where required). Subject to a Letter of Permission from SFU, and subject to not having used transfer credit towards a credential at another university, students may apply to use up to 9 units of transfer credit from other institutions. Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the Program.

Advising for this certificate is provided by the Department of Linguistics through the First Nations Languages Program (FNLP). Students should plan their program in consultation with the First Nations Languages Program Advisor (fnlp@sfu.ca).

> Program Requirements


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