Indigenous Languages Minor - NEW!

In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics: 

Indigenous Languages Minor

The Minor in Indigenous Languages Program, with offering beginning Spring 2021, is for students who wish to specialize in a particular heritage Indigenous language. 

Advanced placement through course challenge to a maximum of 12 units is possible for fluent speakers. Equivalent credit for a set of beginning INLG language courses for transfer credit may be considered. 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. 

Advising for this Minor is provided by the Indigenous Languages Program (INLP). Students should plan their program in consultation with the INLP Advisor (

Admission Requirements

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

Completion of INLG 133, 134 and one INLG or LING elective course prior to declaring the Minor Program is recommended.

Students who have successfully completed three or more INLG/LING courses should contact the INLP Department Advisor ( to review eligibility and program completion timeline.

Advising for this certificate is provided by the Department of Linguistics through the Indigenous Languages Program (INLP). Students should plan their program in consultation with the Indigenous Languages Program Advisor (

> 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