Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”


Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Language and Linguistics

Program  begins FALL 2021.

Graduate Certificate Application Deadline:1

April 30th, 2021

Interested applicants:

If you are new to SFU,  Graduate Admission Applications may be submitted via at the SIS (aka

Go to and click on the link named "Graduate applicants sign in" and follow instructions.

Remember to order any official transcripts (from those academic institutions you have attended/are attending) before and by the same day you submit your graduate admission  application to SFU. (For graduate admission, please send official transcripts to the Office of the Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, G&PS, at SFU.)

Have questions:  Contact with subject: 2021-22 Graduate Certificate INL/LING - [ Your name ].

1 Application deadline extended from March 12, 2021.



Attn: INLP/FNEP Cohort Students

Get Ready for Graduation

Early INLP Application Deadline: February 25, 2021

For INLP/FNEP graduation application, details and Spring 2021 Application DEADLINES, visit INLP Graduation webpage:


(June 24, 25, 28, and 29, 2021)

Indigenous Languages Undergraduate Credentials:

Ceremony Date(s): TBA in June 2021


Visit also SFU Convocation website for other information and celebration tools


Indigenous Languages Program

FNLP is now INLP
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).
---September 24, 2020

Latest News:

Indigenous Languages
SFU Fellow in the
Royal Society of Canada

November 27, 2020

The Royal Society of Canada celebrated new Fellows in an induction ceremony today for their "outstanding scholary, scientific and artistic achievement."*  Seven SFU Researchers are elected into this year's group of 87 Fellows.

Dr. Marianne Ignace joins the Class of 2020 in the Academy and reflects on her work and the occasion:

Weytkp xwexwéytep/hello everyone

Ye7éne ri7 ren s7e7lkst es p̓7ecws es le7s es sucwentem re xqweqwelténs re qeqelmúcw ne7élye ne Canada ell es xepqenwén̓tem re stslexméms re stetet̓ex7ems-kucw ne tmicws

My work is about us giving better recognition to the many different languages of Indigenous peoples here in Canada, and to research the knowledge of our elders here on our land.

I am humbled and honoured to be working on understanding and reclaiming the ancient knowledge of our indigenous elders in our languages in and with our communities as it connects to our environments, lands and ways of being.

Kukwstétselp! Thank you.

* RSC Press Release

List of Class of 2020

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

started a Tenure-track appointment in January 2021 at McGill University as as Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics.

Dr. James Crippen (Dzéiwsh) was the first postdoctoral fellow in the Indigenous Languages Program in 2020 enabled through Aboriginal Strategic Initiatives.

James 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.

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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 February 19, 2021
17 Feb 2021