Indigenous Language and Culture

Reclamation and engagement with Indigenous language and cultural practices is crucial to supporting the continuity of Indigenous knowledge systems, and the health and well-being of Indigenous communities. By participating in Indigenous-led programs in language revitalization and fine arts, learners can actively engage in exploring their own creative expression and contribute to cultural continuity.

Indigenous Language and Culture programs:  

The Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR) provides you with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for local language revitalization initiatives. You will participate in hands-on learning opportunities that are rooted in traditional knowledge, and practices that are accessible to all students.

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Indigenous Language Revitalization Program

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The Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts (FIFA) certificate is offered through a long-standing partnership with the En’owkin Centre, an Indigenous post-secondary institution in Penticton, BC. This unique program was created to develop and nurture Indigenous writers and artists through the two main focuses of creative writing and visual art. Through these Indigenous-led courses at the En’owkin Centre, you can gain credit that can then be applied to a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UVic.

Indigenous Language and Culture courses

Courses in the CILR program cover topics such as the historical context for language loss, best practices for language revitalization, language documentation and language learning. You will also develop practical skills and strategies for engaging in Indigenous language reclamation initiatives.

Courses in the FIFA program provide a unique Indigenous-centred environment for your creativity to flourish. The courses are designed to develop specialized skills and artistic expression in various disciplines and mediums, including oral storytelling, writing for television, painting, sculpting and more. Admission to the program is completed through the En’owkin Centre.

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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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Indigenous Language Revitalization

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

The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
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Orange Shirt Day 2022

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to attend campus Orange Shirt Day events on Sept. 29 in the quad. You are welcome to drop in and stay for as long as you are able.

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Congratulations to our CILR Award recipients

Congratulations Caroline Ipeelie, the recipient of our 2021 Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization Award!

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Continuing Studies participates in Orange Shirt Day 2020

It's become an office tradition to come together each year on Sept. 30 for a group photo in solidarity of Orange Shirt Day. This year we had to do it virtually, but the spirit is still strong! 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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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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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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Janna Wilson, Program Coordinator
Tel (250) 721-8504
Email CILR@uvic.ca