Master’s degree in Indigenous language revitalization travels east to Saskatoon


(l-r) Onowa McIvor of Indigenous Education with Sonya Bird from Linguistics and Trish Rosborough and Nick Claxton from Indigenous Education brought the UVic curriculum for the first time across Canada. Photo: July 2016, Saskatchewan.

The University of Victoria offers the only master’s degree in the country specializing in Indigenous language revitalization and it has drawn people from across Canada. Now, for the first time, the program itself is travelling east—to bring the curriculum to UVic students on site at the University of Saskatchewan beginning July 12.

“I was excited when the University of Saskatchewan first approached us about this possibility,” says Onowa McIvor, director of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at UVic. “Our vision is to work together with our university partner and the group of students who are already leaders in language revitalization who are now training to become ambassadors and visionaries and to truly lead the charge of the language revitalization movement in Saskatchewan. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings in 2015, this program is part of a larger movement of language revitalization activities across the country.”

At the graduate level, Indigenous Education in partnership with the Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities at UVic offers a graduate certificate and master’s degree program in Indigenous language revitalization. More on Indigenous programs at UVic 

Faculty members from the University of Saskatchewan, which is located in Saskatoon and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of more than 20,000 including over 2,200 Indigenous students, will help in teaching and supervising the UVic students.



Media contacts

Onowa McIvor (Director, Indigenous Education, UVic) at

Joan Greyeyes (Director, First Nation and Metis Relations Advancement and Community Engagement, uSask) at

Tara Sharpe (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or

James Shewaga (Communications Co-ordinator, University Relations, uSask) at

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Keywords: Indigenous languages, languages and linguistics, Indigenous, revitalization, community

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