Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)

The mission of INLP and our Community Academic Outreach programs is the collective and individual empowerment of Indigenous peoples through education, taking into account First Nations' own knowledge systems, histories, ways of being and learning. Aware of the powerful role that Indigenous languages and language revitalization play for the present and future identity, well-being and wholeness of Indigenous peoples and communities, the Indigenous Languages Program works with speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off campus in First Nations communities. Since 1993 and in partnership with Indigenous organizations, we have offered courses in some 18 languages in British Columbia and Yukon.

The Indigenous Languages Program (INLP) is a continuation of the award-winning SFU Kamloops Program, where the Indigenous Studies programs, Indigenous language proficiency programs and language courses were originally developed and offered. Between 1988 and 2011, more than 400 students graduated from the SFU Kamloops Program with SFU credentials, including Certificates, Diplomas, BA, BGS and BEd degrees. Through Community Academic Outreach Programming (FNEP), students completed Major and Minor programs in concentrations such as Anthropology and Sociology, Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, and Archaeology.

The INLP motto is “Help yourself and help one another."

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Discover all the programs INLP has to offer, from certificates to graduate programs

INLL Graduate Programs
2024 Fall in-take

Applications are accepted for the Indigenous Languages and Linguistics Graduate Programs. Credentials available: Graduate Certificate (GC)  or Master of Arts (MA) in INLL.
Application Deadline: May 03, 2024


Find out how to apply for graduation and know about upcoming deadlines


Spring 2024 - Save the date!

Ceremony A:   June 11, 2024
(09:45 Hrs./a.m., Tuesday)

Convocation Ceremony for Indigenous Languages credentials
(Undergraduate INLP Students: Webpage for Deadline to Apply to Graduate)


Indigenous Languages
Fall 2023
Graduating Class!

Credentials awarded:
Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency (11 Graduands)

Diploma in Indigenous Language Proficiency (16 Graduands)

Master of Arts MA Project:   (Graduate: Bessie Cooley)

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Snichim

The above credentials were conferred in

Ceremony B

Thursday, October 5, 2023 2:30pm

Watch Ceremony B


May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). On this day we remember the people who have lost their lives to colonial, gender-based violence, and their families and communities that live daily with the grief of losing loved ones.  

Kèyishí Bessie Cooley, 2023 Master's graduate
(SFU Convocation story)

Elder, Ruby Peter, 2019 Honorary Doctorate
(SFU Convocation Photo Depository 2019)


Visit our Graduation page for details and application form:

Visit also SFU Convocation website for other information and celebration tools


Master of Arts in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics

This new two-year program focuses entirely on training individuals who will go on to support the reclamation, revitalization, and strengthening of their Indigenous languages.

Read more about the program here⁣

For further information or consultation about the following, please click on the links below