Indigenous Language and Culture

Keep our Indigenous languages alive.

There are more than 60 distinct Indigenous languages in Canada—34 of which are found in British Columbia. Indigenous languages contain important knowledge systems and cultural values; they are an integral part of one’s identity and the health and culture of communities.

The courses and programs under Indigenous Language and Culture are designed to strengthen your understanding of language loss, maintenance and recovery. You'll learn the key concepts, issues and best practices in language revitalization, while you gain the skills needed to create meaningful, appropriate and practical language preservation, revitalization and teaching programs.

Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR)

The Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to develop practical strategies for local language revitalization initiatives that are responsive to the unique needs of each Indigenous nation and organization partnered with. The CILR program 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. View the CILR program page for more information.

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Courses open for registration

Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts

Curious about developing your skills in creative writing and/or visual arts in an Indigenous context? Explore this unique program in co-operation with the En’owkin International School of Writing and Visual Arts in Penticton, BC.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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Indigenous Language Revitalization

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.
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Intercultural Studies and Practice

The Diploma Program in Studies and Practice prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. Students will develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in their community, their workplace and around the world.
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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2019

On Monday, Sept. 30, staff at the Division of Continuing Studies took part in the annual Orange Shirt Day along with other UVic faculty, staff and students. The event was created to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, and to commit to the principle that every child matters. 

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CALR Newsletter Summer 2018

Photo Credit: Kim Chorong, University of Victoria Celebrating CALR Graduates!

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Chisasibi group’s mission to help Cree language and culture flourish

Fourteen members of the Chisasibi Heritage and Cultural Centre will travel to Victoria to graduate in June from the Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization. “It’s a proud moment,” Lafond says. “We need to celebrate it.”

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BC Museums Association elects new President Tania Muir

Congratulations to Continuing Studies staff member Tania Muir on her recent appointment of president within the BC Museums Association (BCMA). At the association’s AGM on Thursday, Oct. 19—after one year as a councilor and two years as vice president—Tania was nominated by the membership and voted in as president.

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CALR Newsletter September 2017

Find out what is new with the Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) program area.

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Culture in Context

Program Coordinator Tusa Shea talks about the importance and diversity of culture and how our Cultural Resource Management Program supports communities and cultural development.

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CBC follows four Inuit women linked to CALR program

"My language, my heart" is a CBC news story about four Inuit women who are fighting to keep their language alive. Inuinnaqtun (pronounced ee-NOO-ee-NAHK-toon) is traditionally spoken in three Inuit communities in the Western Arctic: Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Ulukhaktok.

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Off the Wall

Mary Jo Hughes is the director of UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries, which consists of some 19,000 art objects. She has yet to personally handle all of them.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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CALR Newsletter: December 2015

2015 was the start of an exciting partnership with the Nunavut Arctic College. Over the year, we have had three intensive sessions of courses, the last of which is happening right now! Students from Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay learn together at the Cambridge Bay campus.

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Kirsten Mikkelsen, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8504
Email cilr@uvic.ca
Shannon Hope, Program Assistant
Tel 250-472-4507
Email cmpasst2@uvic.ca
Tania Muir, Director, Cultural Resource Management Programs
Tel 250-721-8462
Email cmpdir@uvic.ca