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ILF-112 Strategies for Indigenous Language Revitalization

3 credits


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 that are vital aspects of the identity and the personal and collective wellness of Indigenous communities. This course is designed to strengthen students' understanding of the intricate ties between language learning, renewal, and the restoration of Indigenous ways of knowing and being as pathways to healing. Students will learn the key concepts, issues, and best practices in restorative language revitalization planning, while gaining the skills needed to create meaningful, appropriate, and practical language preservation, revitalization, and maintenance plans grounded in social action. Students will collectively develop practical strategies for local language revitalization initiatives that are responsive to the unique needs of the Indigenous nation or community they are working with. This course will provide hands-on learning opportunities rooted in the United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous People and examine how language revitalization relates to the social determinants of health.


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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