CILLDI 2012 ran from July 9th to July 27th. Fifty-nine students were enrolled in either one or two of the following classes:

Block 1 (July 9-18)

NS 103: Cree Immersion for Adult Beginners (Instructor Dolores Sand)

LING 111: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis for Indigenous Language Revitalization (Instructor Darin Flynn)

LING 311-B1: Piikishkweetak eñ Michif, Introduction to Michif (Instructors Olivia Sammons, Heather Souter, and Grace Zoldy)

INT-D 318-B1: Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation (Instructor Christopher Cox)

EDEL 306/395-B1: Introduction to Language and Literacy Development (Instructor Martin Zeidler)

EDEL 496-B1/595-B2: Teaching Indigenous Languages through Cultural Arts (Instructors Margaret Cardinal and Anna-Leah King)

Block 2 (July 19-27)

LING 211: Phonetics of Indigenous Languages (Instructor Ben Tucker, Teaching Assistant Ryan Podlubny)

LING 311: Community Language Archiving (Instructor Andrea Berez)

INT-D 311: Language Policy and Planning for Indigenous Language Communities (Instructor Susan Penfield)

EDEL 462/496-B3/595-B8: Developing Classroom Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages (Instructors Laura Burnouf and Minnie McKenzie)

EDEL 496-B5/595-B9: Using Literacy and Drama in Indigenous Language Education (Instructors Maureen Belanger and Melanie MacLean)

In 2012, eight students graduated from the Community Linguist Certificate program. One student has shared the work that he has done in his community after graduating:

Eugene Alexis is a Stoney language instructor. He uses his language to keep the spirit of Stoney alive; elders remind us that the language is medicine. CILLDI helped in his classroom by allowing him to put oral language into writing. Eugene drums and sings in the language with Logan Alexis Singers to honour the creator and his beautiful creation. He promotes language, culture, and customs, and celebrates what God gave us.

CILLDI is looking for more students to share their experiences! If you are interested in putting a short biography on the website, please email us (at cilldi@uaberta.ca).


The CILLDI Internship Program was started in 2012. This first year of interns included: Cassidy Foxcroft, Michelle Garcia-Vega, Shannon Houle, Audra Phillips, and Faun Rice.

Languages spoken at the 2012 Institute included Algonquin, Cree, Dene Suline, Dene Tha, Gwich'in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuvialuktun, Michif, Nakota, Nisga'a, Sauk, and Tlicho.