Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Indigenous Language Sustainability

The application deadline for this program has been extended to May 15, 2024.

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The key to long-term sustainability for Indigenous languages lies in the ability of individuals and communities to protect, preserve, promote, practice and pass on their languages to the next generation. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies - Indigenous Language Sustainability - provides students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Indigenous language communities in Canada and around the world, as well as the strategies that can support the intergenerational sustainability of those languages. The courses offer a blend of theory and practice, weaving together Indigenous knowledges and worldviews with the latest research on practical approaches to sustaining Indigenous languages in the home and community.

These courses are offered in conjunction with the CILLDI Summer Program.


Program Goals

In this program, students will:

  • increase their understanding of Indigenous cultural and linguistic resilience
  • expand their knowledge of successful community-specific language revitalization strategies
  • identify specific challenges to revitalization in their own communities
  • adapt revitalization strategies to the specific circumstances surrounding their own languages and communities
  • learn new ways to support language vitality in all spheres of life
  • enhance practices and skill sets for language learning and teaching.

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