Summer Program

CILLDI hosts an annual summer program designed to train speakers and learners of Indigenous languages in documenting and revitalizing their own languages. Our summer program is targeted to anyone passionate about the reclamation and revitalization of their language, regardless of age, education background, or experience in language revitalization.

 The summer school attracts language activists from across Canada and abroad. It offers the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with like-minded folks who are committed to Indigenous language revitalization.

 The Summer School is a is a tri-Faculty initiative involving the Faculties of Arts, Education, and Native Studies. Through a diverse set of course offerings students can learn about a range of topics, including

  • Language documentation
  • Linguistic analysis
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Community Language Planning
  • Bringing Culture into the classroom
  • Curriculum development
  • Beginner level language courses

Course Listing

Community Linguist Certificate 

CILLDI offers a 6 course certificate program aimed at preparing students to take on a range of roles in community-led language revitalization. Students pursuing the CLC may be speakers or learners of their language. The 6 courses equip students with a solid foundation in the skills they’ll need along their language journey.

Learn More about the CLC



Teacher training 

In collaboration with the faculty of Education, CILLIDI offers courses targeted to Indigenous teachers and Education students. These intensive courses focus on the nexus of Language revitalization and Education and aim to equip Indigenous Educators with the skills to impactfully introduce the language into their classrooms.

 Most of these courses can be taken for university credit at the undergraduate or graduate level. The courses can be used toward earning a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Education from the University of Alberta.

If you want to go beyond what CILLDI offers, look into the following programs:

Don't hesitate to contact us for help transitioning to these programs.

Funding Opportunities