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ILF-101 Kwak'wala Immersion 1

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion setting at an introductory level. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with an introduction to learner strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition and prepare students for a more intensive, immersive, place-based second term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English assessment; or Admission into the Indigenous Language Fluency Certificate Program.

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ILF-102 Kwak'wala Immersion 2

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion that builds on ILF 101. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with an introduction to learner strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition and prepare students for a more intensive, immersive, place-based second term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • B in IFL 101.

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ILF-103 Kwak'wala Immersion 3

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion setting that builds on ILF 102. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of the language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with an introduction to learner strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition and prepare students for a more intensive, immersive, place-based second term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • B in IFL 102.

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ILF-104 Kwak'wala Immersion 4

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion setting at the intermediate level that builds on ILF 103. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with language learning strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition that will be applied during the intensive, immersive, place-based second term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • B in IFL 103.

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ILF-105 Kwak'wala Immersion 5

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion setting at an intermediate level that builds on ILF 104. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with language learning strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition that will be applied during the intensive, immersive, place-based second term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • B in IFL 104.

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ILF-106 Kwak'wala Immersion 6

3 credits


Intensive Kwak'wala language instruction will draw on local Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing and being in an Indigenous language immersion setting at the intermediate level that builds on ILF 105. The units will draw on a wide variety of culturally relevant activities conducted through the lens of the language to explore the essential relationship between Kwak'wala and identity, place (including land and sea), wellness, and roles and responsibilities. Students will build oral and aural skills through experiential activities that are the foundation for place-based, culturally infused learning. This course will provide students with language learning strategies and comprehensible language acquisition methods, advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition that will be applied during the intensive, immersive, place-based final term.


Prerequisite(s):

  • B in IFL 105.

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ILF-108 Foundations in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge - Kwak'wala

3 credits


Foundations of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge is a dual language course (Kwak'wala) that will provide students with a framework for exploring Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to the natural world. A hands-on, seasonal approach will be employed to explore the natural world through the lens of Indigenous science, technology, relationships, engineering, arts, and mathematics. This hands-on approach, rooted in local Indigenous ways of learning, being, and doing will unearth Indigenous perspective and worldview related to the natural world. Working in groups, students will choose an area of interest and apply Indigenous methodology to examine their chosen topic. Students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and examine the importance of Indigenous ways of coming to know, rooted in the land and language, as well as Indigenous paradigms (theory). This course is intended to assist in restoring, reconstructing, and valuing Indigenous ecological, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual knowledge and processes. The course responds to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #62 to integrate and utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classroom practices and explore the importance of Indigenous ecological knowledges to Western paradigms and local sustainable development goals.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English assessment; or Admission to the Indigenous Language Fluency Certificate Program.

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ILF-109 Internship - Kwak'wala

3 credits


This course consists of one semester of full or part-time, paid or unpaid employment in a position related to Kwak'wala immersion and the provision of holistic, culturally infused environments. Students will have the opportunity to apply theories and methods of language revitalization learned in the program to address challenges encountered in the workplace and explore the barriers and issues related to maintaining immersion. Students will learn new skills to enhance their future employment success and/or prepare them for further academic study related to expanding the field of language revitalization and provision of holistic fluency-building environments.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Indigenous Language Fluency Certificate Program.

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KWA-096 Introduction to Kwak'wala

3 credits


Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. The units cover a wide variety of themes including greetings, social interaction, household activities, community, environment, wildlife, food harvesting and preparation and cultural activities. Combined, these encompass our way of life, as Kwakwaka'wakw, and give insight on how our language is essential to who we are. This will also provide students with a basic understanding of several learner strategies and methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition including Total Physical Response the Dr. Greymorning method, and comprehensible language acquisition methods.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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KWA-097 Introduction to Kwak'wala II

3 credits


Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. The units cover a wide variety of themes, including greetings, social interaction, household activities, community, environment, wildlife, place names, food harvesting and preparation and cultural activities. Combined, these encompass the way of life of the Kwakwaka'wakw and give insight to how Kwak'wala is essential to who the Kwakwaka'wakw are and how Kwak'wala ties Kwakwaka'wakw to land, sea and place. This will also provide students with a basic understanding of several learner strategies and methods that are advantageous for Indigenous language acquisition including Total Physical Response, the Dr. Greymorning method, and comprehensible language acquisiton methods.


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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KWA-098 Kwak`wala Intro to U`Mista Orthography

45 hrs lecture, 3 credits


The course will focus on introducing students to the U'mista orthography. Students will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and editing ability using the orthography to study content relating to contemporary and traditional worldview and activities of daily living. This course is intended to provide students with the ability to read and write Kwak'wala and foster their ability to access written and online resources to support their language acquisition outside of class. The units cover an introduction to the U'mista orthography, history of the development of the orthography, advantages of establishing an orthography, the 46 sounds of Kwak'wala, pronunciation, introduction to transcription, and grammatical structure. During the course, students will participate in online dialogues and be introduced to electronic resources that are advantageous for self-practice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of KWA 096 or KWA 097

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