Academic Programs

The First Nations Languages Program (FNLP) works with First Nations speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off-campus in First Nations communities. Since 1993 and in partnership with First Nations organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and Yukon. FNLP resides in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at SFU.

At the undergraduate level, FNLP offers a Certificate program and a Diploma program in First Nations Language Proficiency. 

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics, we also offer First Nations Languages programs at the graduate level

Please use the navigation tabs above to explore our academic programs. 


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 off-campus lcoations and/or in other Indigenous languages are offered at the request of the communities and organizations.  For more information, please contact the FNLP Manager at