First Nations Language Proficiency

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics and First Nations Language Centre:

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.

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

  • Secwepemctsin (Kamloops, Williams Lake)
  • St'at'imcets (Lillooet)
  • Halq'emeylem - Upriver (Chilliwack)
  • Kaska/Tlingit/S. Tutchone/Han (Yukon)
  • Halkomelem - Downriver (Pitt Meadows)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish)
  • Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
  • Xaad-Kil Haida (Old Masset)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • Nsyilxcn (Okanagan)
  • Tahltan (Tahltan Territory)
  • Tsilhqot'in (Williams Lake)

Courses in other locations and/or in other languages can be offered at the request of the communities/organization. 
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Units applied to one certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all courses applied to the certificate that are completed at Simon Fraser University. Duplicate courses are counted only once.

NEW - Beginning Summer 2017

Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language (LINGGCFNL)

New program offered by the Department of Linguistics at SFU. 
The Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language offers training to students for careers as language researchers, educators, and material developers. Students gain expertise in communicative skills, language documentation and analysis of a particular First Nations 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.


2018 - 2019 Squamish Language Cohort - INFORMATION SESSIONS

1) TBA
2) TBA
SFU Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre: 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.  (Corner of Richards Street and W. Hastings Street)

For KAS Press Release and New Cohort Application Details : Click pdf icon below.

2018-19 Press Release and Application Details: TBA

Application Deadline for the 2018-19 Cohort Intake:  Date TBA February 2018

To Apply:

Visit the following websites:

Start at the Kwi Awt Stelmexw Squamish Immersion Program website:

SFU Application Process - Visit FNEP Admissions Website:



This page last updated: 15 SEPT 2017.