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

  • Learn foundational knowledge and skills in linguistics that are needed to undertake language preservation and revitalization work.
  • Build knowledge and skills in language preservation, revitalization, and cultural resource management principles and practices.
  • Develop your ability to analyze language preservation issues relevant across Indigenous cultures and specific to your own communities.
  • Enhance your capacity to develop responsive strategies and programs designed to preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages.
  • Earn a comprehensive and respected certificate.
  • Create a foundation for subsequent academic studies in related areas, such as education, cultural resource management and linguistics.

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, generally when you register for your first course. 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.