Due to its prime location in north central Alberta, the University of Alberta is within a few hours’ road or air travel of a multitude of First Peoples communities spanning some five major language families and nearly thirty living languages, representing a linguistic richness rare in North America. Most of these languages have been present at CILLDI at one time or another as spoken by our Elders, instructors, or students.
- ALGONQUIAN: Plains Cree, Woods Cree, Saulteaux, Ojibway, Western Ojibwa, Blackfoot, Michif, Arapaho, and Mi'kmaq
- ATHAPASKAN: Dene Suliné (Chipewyan), Dunneza (Beaver), Sahtugot'ine (North Slavey), Dene Tha (South Slavey), Tlicho (Dogrib), Gwich’in, Tsuut’ina (Sarsi), Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin), Dakelh (Carrier), Jicarilla Apache, and Navajo
- SIOUAN: Nakoda (Stoney), Lakota, Dakota, Assiniboine (Nakota)
- ESKIMO-ALEUT: Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Innuinaqtun
- SALISHAN: Nlaka'pmx (Thompson Salish), Secwepemc (Shuswap), Okanagan