Graduate Programs

For information on program requirements and admission to the graduate programs, please refer to the SFU Calendar and the Department of Linguistics.

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics:

Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language

The Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language (LINGGCFNL) offers training to students for careers as language researchers, post-secondary educators, and material developers. Students gain expertise in communicative skills, language documentation and analysis of a particular First Nations language. 

 Some cohorts will be entirely devoted to a single language, while others will be mixed-language cohorts focusing on work by individual students or groups of students on a particular language, but supplemented by material applicable to all the languages of the cohort.

The learning model integrates Indigenous Ways of Knowing with linguistic analysis and documentation, featuring mentorship and participation in projects in addition to formal lectures and paper writing. Courses are taught by a team of Elders and knowledge holders and academic experts on the language.

The cohort programs will be offered on site in the First Nations language community, or through a combination of on-campus and community-based course modules. In order to accommodate the work schedules of participants who are language teachers in public schools, or who are otherwise fully employed, courses will be offered in late afternoons, evenings, during summer breaks.

> Program Requirements

MA in Linguistics of a First Nations Language

This is a cohort program that is offered when resources allow. Students receive training for careers as language researchers, educators, and material developers, gaining expertise in communicative skills, language documentation and analysis of a particular First Nations language.

Emphasis is placed on the language in its socio-cultural and educational setting. The learning model integrates Indigenous Ways of Knowing with linguistic analysis and documentation, featuring mentorship and participation in projects in addition to formal lectures and paper writing. Courses are taught by teams of Elders and knowledge holders, and academic experts on the language.

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in four to six terms. The program is offered through a combination of SFU campus and First Nations community-based course modules. In order to accommodate the work schedules of participants who are language teachers in public schools, or who are otherwise fully employed, courses will be offered in late afternoons, evening and during summer breaks, in concentrated modules during fall and spring terms.

Students may choose one of the following options to complete the MA program: 

  • Project Option
  • Thesis Option

> 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