Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”

FALL 2020

(October 22, 2020; 6 p.m.)

Indigenous Languages Undergraduate Credentials awarded:

       Certificate in First Nations
             Language Proficiency

        Diploma in First Nations
            Language Proficiency

Master of Arts awarded:

Linguistics of a First Nations Language


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Fall 2020

Attn: INLP/FNEP Cohort Students

Get Ready for Graduation

For FNEP graduation application, details and DEADLINES, visit FNLP Graduation webpage:


Latest News:  

  • FNLP is now INLP (Sept. 24, 2020)
    As of its meeting of September 24th, the SFU Board of Governors confirmed approval of the new "Indigenous Languages Program" business name.
    In addition, the two Proficiency credentials titles for CFNLP & DFNLP, are approved to be respectively renamed in 2021 with the term 'Indigenous' in the title (CINLP & DINLP).
  • MA Project - Victor Guerin (August 26, 2020)
  • MA Thesis Defence - Rae Anne Baker Claxton (August 20, 2020)
    "lhwet ’a’lu kw’u xwi’em’? hwi’ ’een’thu tse’!: How I learned to tell and perform a Hul’q’umi’num’ story"
  • MA Thesis Defence - Zack Gilkison "How What Was Said Was Said: Quotation in Hul’q’umi’num’ Narrative Performance"

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Bachelor of Arts
Julienne Ignace
Fall 2019: Major in Linguistics; & DFNLP (Secwepemctsin Language Cohort)

Master of Arts
Linguistics in a First Nations Language

Spring 2020:
Gina Salazar's MA project
is titled "Angry Raven and friends: Three new stories for Hul'q'umi'num' language learners."

Fall 2019:
Ivy Seward's MA project
is titled "Wind from the North: Hul’q’umi’num’ speakers in Saanich."

Summer 2019
Regena Seward-Wilson's MA project is titled "ni’ q’ushintul’ ’u tunu shhw’alukw’a’ | Traveling with my family: Growing and learning in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language".


Dr. James Crippen/Dzéiwsh

We are pleased to welcome Dr. James Crippen (Dzéiwsh) as FNLP's first postdoctoral fellow. James recently completed his PhD in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia, with his dissertation focused on the Tlingit verb complex.  

James works primarily on Tlingit and languages in the Na-Dene family but also holds research interest in other Indigenous languages in the Pacific Northwest such as Haida and Chinook Jargon.

Elder Ruby Peter and Hul'q'umi'num' Language and Culture Society featured in CBC News 

CBC News published an article highlighting the work Elder Ruby Peter and the Hul'q'umi'num' Language and Culture Society has done to preserve the Hul'q'umi'num' language. This past spring, four generations of Elder Peter's family received university honours from SFU. 

SSHRC Impact Partnership Award

Professor Marianne Ignace was awarded the 2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact - Partnership Award at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is being recognized for her achievements in Indigenous language revitalization, and the impact she has made beyond the social sciences research community. 

Cormack Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marianne Ignace who has been awarded the 2019 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Cormack Teaching Award.


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 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."

For further information or consultation about the following, please visit

  • Indigenous Community Academic Outreach and Coordination
  • Program(s):  Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency (CINLP), Diploma in Indigenous Language Proficiency (DINLP), and Minor in Indigenous Language Proficiencey (INLMIN)
  • Indigenous Language Courses: INLG & LING
Last updated October 23, 2020
09 SEP 2020