Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES PROGRAM

The SFU Indigenous Languages Program (INLP), formerly, First Nations Languages, is inspired by and a continuation of the award-winning SFU Kamloops Program from which 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 mission of INLP and its Community Academic Outreach programs since our inception has been 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.

Our Program 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

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

CONVOCATION
FALL 2023

Congratulations
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)

Bak̓wa̱mk̓ala 
Haíɫzaqvḷa
Hul'q'umi'num'
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Snichim

The above credentials were conferred in

Ceremony B

Thursday, October 5, 2023 2:30pm

Watch Ceremony B

NATIONAL DAY OF AWARENESS FOR MMIWG2S

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)

Graduating?

Visit our Graduation page for details and application form: www.sfu.ca/inlp/graduation

Visit also SFU Convocation website for other information and celebration tools
www.sfu.ca/convocation

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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