Help preserve our languages for future generations.

The Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) program provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to develop practical strategies for local language revitalization initiatives that are culturally appropriate and responsive to the unique needs of each community. CALR provides hands-on learning opportunities that are rooted in traditional knowledge and practices that are accessible to all students. The program is offered nationally through community-based partnerships, as well as stand-alone courses on campus.

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Program description

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 certificate is offered primarily in partnership with communities, with occasional courses offered on campus. 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.

Program features

The CALR program offers:

  • Accessibility to everyone
  • Flexible delivery options designed to suit your needs
  • A respected university credential upon program completion
  • Course credits that can be applied towards a diploma or degree

Who is the program for?

CALR serves Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who have an interest in working with communities in order to preserve languages, and to revitalize the use of these languages to strengthen cultural identity and well-being.


Program partners

Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics

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As well as partnering with various communities.

Career options

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



Additional program information

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $74.75
Six required courses (558.45 per course) $3,350.70
Three elective courses (558.45 per course) $1,675.35
Additional course fees: $100 per course (books and other materials) $900.00
Estimated Total $6,000.80*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission 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.

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, generally when you register for your first course. Students will need to be admitted to the university before registering for courses.

  • New partnership students

    Applications to UVic for new students via community partnership are facilitated by the community coordinator and then processed by the CALR coordinator. 

  • New students

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

    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 or 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.

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