Help preserve our languages for future generations.

The award-winning and accessible Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization is offered by the University of Victoria's Department of Linguistics and the Division of Continuing Studies, in partnership with the En'owkin Centre.

The program is offered primarily through community partnerships with some additional course offerings on campus or at the En’owkin Centre. Core coursework, combined with flexible elective offerings, enables individuals concerned with language loss, maintenance, and recovery to develop both knowledge and practical strategies for language revitalization activities across British Columbia and beyond.

Program participants include individuals working with First Nations and other Indigenous communities in the revitalization and teaching of Aboriginal languages, or with agencies involved in the development and delivery of language and cultural revitalization policies and programs. Past participants have included students from across British Columbia and as far away as Nunavut, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories who learn from one another as well as from experienced instructors and resource people.

This program is offered in partnership with the UVic Department of Linguistics, the En'owkin Centre and various communities. 

Program outcomes

  • Recognize the integral role of language in cultural and community sustainability.
  • Articulate language preservation issues that affect their language and assess community-planning needs.
  • Develop strategies to record, document and provide access to their language for future generations.
  • Develop long-term strategies to revitalize language.
  • Identify the linguistic structures and characteristics associated with their particular language.
  • Provide a foundation of relevant academic knowledge, competencies and skills directly related to language revitalization work, language and culture teacher education or heritage/culture professions.
  • Prepare for further studies into other areas including linguistics and teacher training certification programs.

Admission and completion requirements

The CALR program is designed to be as accessible as possible. There are no academic or educational prerequisites needed to apply to the program. However, students will need to be admitted to the university first before registering for courses.

In order to graduate, you must complete 13.5 units:

  • 9.0 units of core courses (six courses)
  • 4.5 units of elective courses (three courses)

CALR electives are chosen based on participant interest. If you are taking the program in a community cohort, electives will be taken together and are usually tailored to the community context, language and needs.

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Local government- Language and Culture
  • Language programs assistant
  • Language documentation
  • Language revitalization project worker
  • Language teacher assistant



Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $73.25
Six required courses (536.76 per course) $3,220.56
Three elective courses (536.76 per course) $1,610.28
Additional course fees: $100 per course (books and other materials) $900.00
Estimated Total $5,804.09*
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

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How to apply

The CALR program welcomes your application to the Certificate program and/or to register in individual courses. Applications to the program are accepted year-round. Students will need to be admitted to the university before registering for courses.

New students

To apply for admission, you must complete a University of Victoria Undergraduate Application.

You can request a paper application form from or you can apply online.

Please contact prior to applying for admission.

New and returning students

For program and course registration, please request a form from Please note that courses offered through community partnerships may not be listed online. Please contact us for current offerings.

Sponsored students

You will need to ask your sponsoring organization of First Nations band to submit a Third Party Billing Form on your behalf. If you are a new student and your application fees will also be sponsored, they will need to indicate that your sponsorship is for tuition, program fees and application fees.