Indigenous Language Education

Students are Indigenous language speakers, teachers, Elders, community members and other language activists who are committed to the promotion, protection, preservation and practice of First Peoples' languages.

ILE courses are offered through the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute's (CILLDI) summer school. This program provides professional development to those who teach Indigenous Languages in their community, it can also count towards credits and courses needed to fulfill a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta.

This pathway has reached admission capacity. Further funds are only available for students who are enrolled in Cohort 1, 2 or 3.

To learn more about the Indigenous Language Education courses offered at the University of Alberta, please contact

Also available through CILLDI is the Community Linguist Certificate. Once you have received that certification you may be eligible for the Community Linguist Certificate to Teacher Certification (CLC) grant.