Indigenous Language Revitalization CILR FAQ

CILR is a part-time program with courses offered in communities or on-campus. Depending on where youre able to access the courses, expect to spend up to two years or more to complete the certificate.

We work in community partnerships and also offer courses from time to time on campus in Victoria and at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton. If your community is interested in a community partnership, please contact for more information.

Fluent speakers have the option of doing a course challenge in lieu of the language course requirement. A course challenge involves paying half the tuition cost, arranging to do a “test” of your language proficiency with an approved fluent speaker, and then you receive credit for the course. You may complete two course challenges (two levels of language) as credits towards the CILR certificate.

Tuition for a 1.5 unit course at Victoria currently costs $547.50. CILR courses charge a $100 program fee on top of this.

The program fee includes all textbooks and course materials for the course. CILR handles its own materials rather than the UVic Bookstore.

Course lengths vary from a week to a full semester. A course may be offered full days over two weekends in an intensive condensed format in a community, or it could be once a week over an academic term.

Many of our students are sponsored by their Bands, their workplaces or other organizations. We are always on the lookout for bursary opportunities for our students and provide information and referrals when possible.

Yes. We welcome all students to take our courses. And while we encourage the majority of students to do the courses for credit, it is possible to register as a non-credit participant (same cost and workload).

This depends on your Faculty or Department, but in general, CILR courses are accredited first year Linguistics courses and may be eligible as elective courses for other programs.

Some students who complete the certificate are already working or wish to work in language or culture organizations within their communities. Some students are already working in schools or are educators in both formal and informal settings. CILR can also be used to ladder into UVic’s Indigenous Education diploma and degree programs.

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