Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization Award

About the award

Continuing Studies at UVic is pleased to offer the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) Award made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor to support Indigenous learners meeting their educational goals.

This award is for current learners in the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) program and will be awarded every year in the Fall academic term. The total annual amount of this award is $1,000 and may be divided between more than one applicant. Students may apply to utilize the award for various expenses. Examples of these expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel to attend and participate in CILR course offerings
  • Expenses such as food, accommodation, childcare, or course supplies
  • Tuition to attend CILR courses
  • Additional expenses and/or Indigenous supplies to engage in community language revitalization activities in alignment with a CILR course

Past award recipients

Congratulations Ceporah Mearns, the recipient of the 2020 Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization Award

How to apply

Applications are due November 30, 2021. If you would like to apply for the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) Award, please download and fill out the application form and email it to the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization Program at cilr@uvic.ca.

Download Application Form

Award committee and guidelines

The award committee will review the submissions and make a determination by December 16, 2021. The committee will consist of at least 3 of the 4 following representatives:

  • Two representatives from Cultural Management Programs
  • One representative from the En’owkin Center
  • One representative from the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, CILR Faculty Advisor or delegate

The committee guidelines are as follows:

  • The committee may allocate the award to more than one recipient. 
  • The committee may re-open the call upon first review of applications and set an extended submission date.
  • The award is limited to Indigenous learners and to students who have successfully completed one course within the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) with the Division of Continuing Studies. 

CILR background

The University of Victoria has provided educational programs in the area of Indigenous language revitalization dating back to the 1970s, and this has become an area of excellence in in research and teaching for the university. Beginning in 2005, the Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) program was developed by the Department of Linguistics, the Division of Continuing Studies, and the En'owkin Centre. Since then, the CILR program has worked with Indigenous communities and organizations to develop the knowledge and skills required support to language revitalization. The goal of the Certificate Program is to develop understanding of the complex dynamics of language loss, maintenance, and recovery while also providing practical strategies for work in Indigenous communities to reclaim and revitalize threatened languages. Learners engage in dynamic learning experiences, and this award will assist in keeping education accessible to Indigenous learners.

For more information, please contact:

Certificate Program in Indigenous Language Revitalization
Cultural Management Programs,
Division of Continuing Studies
Email: cilr@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-8504
Fax: 250-721-8774