The framework for the certificate will support the infusion of culture into language learning and draw on local fluent elders and knowledge keepers. The program is built on a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational process and offers an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the integral link between language, culture and wellness. The program is meant to provide a pathway to healing. Students will achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in their Indigenous languages during first year of the program and will also have the opportunity to apply their language skills.
The program includes several courses that are intended to expand our students’ skills, abilities and understanding of reconciliation, language revitalization and how to draw on technology to support their language learning. These courses are designed to not only expand our students’ skills but help them to support the language revitalization goals of their communities.
The language certificate was designed to create pathways for students to build proficiency in their languages, support language revitalization outside of typical educational programming, and help to build capacity for language learning and teaching in a variety of settings within in their communities.
It was also developed to prepare students to move into higher education programs and to become researchers working with their respective Indigenous communities language revitalization.
There is an increasing demand for teachers of Indigenous languages across several sectors of Indigenous communities including in infant development, head-start, preschool and all levels of education.
This demand is also expanding outside of the education sector as a growing number of communities and individuals seek supports for language learning opportunities across multiple sectors of their Indigenous societies.; This includes the tourism and hospitality industry, lands and resources, as well as, the health and wellness sectors.
There is increasing support, both provincially and federally, for Indigenous language revitalization. Demand for positions and expertise in the field of language revitalization is expected to continue to grow.
This certificate will serve candidates for band government and support worker employment in addition to formal and informal language training and higher education.
There is also a growing interest in the field of Indigenous Language Revitalization that is actively seeking better ways to mobilize the products of language documentation for use in language reclamation and community capacity building especially for Indigenous youth and land-based learning
This certificate supports the growing demand for experts in the field through the proposed language revitalization, reconciliation and technology development courses. In addition, knowledge mobilization, increased awareness and understanding of holistic language revitalization programming and growing need for collaboration and strategic planning is expanding the employment opportunities across sectors of Indigenous communities and beyond.