Indigenous languages

The Indigenous Languages Program (INLP) works with Indigenous speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off-campus in Indigenous communities. 

About the Indigenous Languages Program

Since 1993 and in partnership with Indigenous organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and Yukon. The program resides in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at SFU.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a certificate program and a diploma program in Indigenous Language Proficiency. 

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics, we also offer Indigenous languages programs at the graduate level

Admission to INLP

Students from an Indigenous partner community interested in joining the Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)1 must first apply for admission to SFU through our Admission2 process.

1 New operating unit name (Effective Fall 2020); aka Indigenous Languages Program (INLP) FNEP Basis of Admission

2  FNEP  Admission denotes  SFU Indigenous (First Nations) Community Academic Outreach Programming


Readmission criteria

If you meet any one of the following criteria, you must apply for readmission to SFU: 

  • Completed a SFU Program 
  • Have a SFU credential 
  • Have been away from SFU from more than three consecutive academic terms and attended post-secondary institutions for academic study

See also FNEP Student Reactivation Application.

Indigenous Language Program News


The Indigenous Language Program has a specific application process. Learn more below.

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Program details

Learn more about the details of the Indigenous Language Program.

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Get in touch

Got questions about INLP? Please contact the program advisor, Lorraine Yam.

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