Indigenous Languages Program (INLP)

“Help yourself and help one another.”

FALL 2021

Congratulations to
Indigenous Languages
Summer 2021 
Graduating Cohort

Credentials awarded:
Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency
Diploma in Indigenous Language Proficiency
Bachelor of Arts:  Minor in Indigenous Languages (with Extended Minor in Linguistics)

Eastern Secwepemcstin
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Snichim
Southern Tutchone

Watch Ceremony A Live
Fall 2021 Convocation Program
(excerpt pages with INLP credentials)


FALL 2021


Applications now accepted for students who will be eligible to graduate in the Fall 2021 Academic Term.
Visit our Graduation webpage for details and application form:


Spring Term/Summer 2021 Convocation Stories

New Generation of Yukon First Nations Language Speakers Honoured along side Elders

Donna M. Modeste is the first recipient of the new Minor in Indigenous Languages in her BA degree. 
Click [ Profile Story ] to ready more.

See also (from 2020):
First cohort of Hul’q’umi’num’ speakers graduate with Indigenous Languages diplom ____________

Indigenous Languages Credentials:

Master of Arts
Linguistics of a First Nations Language

Bachelor of Arts
(Inaugural awarding of a Minor in Indigenous Languages)

Certificate and Diploma
in Indigenous Language Proficiency


CEREMONY "A" (June 24, 2021)


Indigenous Students
Honouring Ceremony

Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm, June 22nd


Visit also SFU Convocation website for other information and celebration tools


to view list of Indigenous Languages credentials to be conferred in Spring/June 2021 Convocation.

Master of Arts
Linguistics in a First Nations Language

Spring 2021 / June Convocation

Undergraduate Credentials on First Nations Languages Academic Programs to be conferred:

  • BA - Modeste, Donna M.
    Double Minor in Indigenous Languages and Extended Minor in Linguistics (Spring 2021)
  • Diploma in First Nations Language Proficiency (2 graduands)
  • Certificate in First Natoins Language Proficiency (10 graduands)



Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Language and Linguistics


Program begins FALL 2021.

Graduate Certificate Application Deadline: Contact INLP Office1

Interested applicants:

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

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

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 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 May 14, 2021.

Attn: INLP/FNEP Cohort Students


Early INLP Graduation Application Deadline:

July 16, 2021 (Friday, 4 pm)*

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

* Extended from June 23, 2021.

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

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. 


To view latest news and events, visit:

Master of Arts
Linguistics in a First Nations Language

Summer 2020:

Bachelor of Arts

Donna M. Modeste
Spring 2021: BA Double Minor
Minor in Indigenous Languages
Extended Minor in Linguistics

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


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
06 JUL 2021
23 Jun 2021