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Indigenous Languages

The study of language is central to 91热爆鈥檚 distinct Indigenous identity. Our programs offer students a unique opportunity to combine the study of Indigenous languages with that of the Linguistics or Indigenous Education programs. Students can pursue the following: 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Cree or Anih拧in膩p膿mowin (Previously listed Saulteaux)
  • Bachelor of Arts (another program) with a Minor in Language or Linguistics 
  • Minor within Arts or Education for any of the five languages (Cree, Dakota, Dene, Nakota and Anih拧in膩p膿mowin) 
  • First Nations Language Instructors鈥 Certificate (FNLIC) for six languages (Anih拧in膩p膿mowin, Dene, Nakota, Dakota, Mohawk, and Cree)

Language courses explore conversational fluency, structure, writing systems, literatures, principles of translation, and oral traditions. Linguistics provides the tools to study and talk about language as part of a comprehensive program designed to assist students in following their passion. 

Our programs aim to instill in students a sense of pride in the knowledge and use of Indigenous languages. Introductory courses include language lab activities. Some courses are also available for online delivery.  

This is a good choice if you are interested in: 

  • Helping to identify and get a sense of belonging within First Nations culture 
  • Obtaining a minor in language to complement your Education degree 
  • Obtaining a degree in language study and linguistics 
  • Working towards a Master degree in Speech Pathology (helping children and teachers in your home communities) 

Careers Include: 

  • Language Instructor/Teacher 
  • Translator/Interpreter 

Program Available At: 

  • All Campuses

First Nations Language Instructor Certificate (FNLIC)

*NEW* Course Offerings for 2024, 2025, and 2026

Deadline for Application: AUGUST 1, 2024

The First Nations Language Instructors Certificate (FNLIC) is a certificate program that supports First Nations language teaching instructors.

The program is a space for anyone interested in learning how to teach a First Nations Language. It is designed to include six language groups: n锚hiyaw锚win, Anih拧in膩p膿mowin, Dakota, Nakota, Mohawk, and Dene, ensuring that everyone’s unique linguistic heritage is respected and celebrated.

FNLIC is designed for people who work full-time and cannot leave their communities. It is offered remotely and in the evenings. Courses taken within the program can be accredited towards a Bachelor of Education degree.

COURSE OFFERINGS

FALL 2024
(1) Indigenous Language 100
EIND 100

FALL 2025
LING 230
EINL 225

WINTER 2025
(1) Indigenous Language 101
EPSY 205

WINTER 2026
EINL 325
EINL 335

SPRING 2025
EIND 116

SPRING 2026
EINL 450

For more information, please contact Trina Joseph, Executive Director, Northern Campus
P: 306.765.3333 ext. 7133 C: 306.960.6928
e: tjoseph@firstnationsuniversity.ca

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