Certificate Program

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics:

Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency

This program is for students who wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills in a particular Indigenous language, to teach this language in schools, or to enhance their language for cultural reasons or professional objectives.

The certificate can be completed on a full or part time basis.

Advanced placement through course challenge to a maximum of nine units is possible for fluent speakers. Credit may be applied to a specific language and is achieved by examination from an instructor in that language with the approval of the department.

Students interested in the certificate program should contact the INLP Academic Advisor (inlp@sfu.ca) for requirement details, program enrollment information, and application details.

> Program Requirements


Courses offered in cooperation with local Indigenous communities and language authorities include the following languages: 

  • Bak̕wa̱mk̕ala (Port Hardy)
  • Haíɫzaqvḷa (Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk), Bella Bella )
  • Hənq̓əmín̓əm (Downriver)
  • Hul'q'umi'num' (Vancouver Island)
  • Han, Dene, Kaska, Northern and Southern Tutchon, Gwit'chin, Tàgish, Tlingit, Upper Tanana (Yukon)
  • Eastern Secwepemctsin (Chase)
  • Western Secwepemctsin (Kamloops, Williams Lake)
  • Skwxwú7mesh Snichim (Squamish)
  • Xaad Kil (Haida Gwaii/Old Masset)
  • Halq'emeylem - Upriver (Chilliwack)
  • Nsyilxcən (Okanagan)
  • Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
  • St'at'imcets (Lillooet)
  • Tsilhqot'in (Williams Lake)

Courses in other locations and/or in other languages may be offered at the request of the communities/organizations. For more information, please contact inlp@sfu.ca

UPDATED: 06nov2020