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Indigenous Language Revitalization

Expand your Indigenous language proficiency while revitalizing your language in your community. Demonstrate linguistically and culturally grounded teaching strategies.

Quick facts

Program options:
Degree, Diploma, Certificate
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus, Distance/Off-campus, Community-based, Blended


To get started in Indigenous Language Revitalization, apply to one of our certificate programs. After completing a certificate, you can continue into the diploma and degree programs.

Certificate programs

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. The program offers hands-on learning opportunities that are rooted in traditional knowledge and practices, and that are accessible to all students.

This one-year program is delivered by Continuing Studies and the Department of Linguistics.

Learn about the CILR

Indigenous Language Proficiency

The Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency (CILP) program supports Indigenous communities to create new adult speakers, by providing a strong foundation in language learning and language learning methods that will support ongoing language acquisition.

This one-year program is delivered by the Department of Indigenous Education.

Learn about the CILP

Diploma program

The Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization (DILR) aims to support people who want to build on their Indigenous language proficiency, better understand the contexts in which Indigenous languages can be successfully taught, and gain some basic language teaching skills.

Apply to the DILR program after completing a CILR or CILP program.

Learn about the DILR

Degree program

The Bachelor of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization (BEDILR) builds on the skills and expertise you'll develop in the certificate and diploma programs. Upon graduation, you'll be certified to teach grades K-12 in band-run and public schools in British Columbia.

Transfer into the two-year BEDILR program after completing one year in the DILR program.

Learn about the BEDILR

English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

Learn about UVic's English language requirement.

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