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Indigenous Studies

Halq’eméylem — graduate certificate



2 years

Part time

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Chilliwack campus at CEP



  • Program eligible for financial aid


The purpose of the graduate programs in Halq’eméylem is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the revival, acquisition, and use of this endangered language. Graduates will learn advanced research techniques for language restoration and acquisition, and develop skills and strategies for reviving the use of the language in society, including increased knowledge of the Stó:lō worldview.

The program will connect current Halq’eméylem teachers with prospective teachers, language revivalists, Stó:lō communities, local agencies, and schools. Through immersion opportunities, students will find ways to incorporate, promote, and sustain the Halq’eméylem language in their everyday lives as well in the classroom with each other, in the Stó:lō communities, and with Stó:lō people.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar


The graduate certificate will prepare students who want to:

  • Improve their fluency and proficiency in the Halq’eméylem language.
  • Contribute to the language revitalization.
  • Transmit knowledge and culture through the Halq’eméylem language.
  • Increase opportunities to share the Halq’eméylem language.


This certificate is intended for students who wish to complete it at the same time as they pursue another program, but students may be admitted directly if they choose. Students must ensure they meet course and program prerequisites.

  1. Completion of the Advanced Proficiency certificate in Halq’eméylem.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 in the last two years of the undergraduate degree.

Exceptional admission/competency-based admission will be available in cases where students do not meet stated admission requirements. Applicants will have to demonstrate their ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest, as evidenced by:

  1. A portfolio containing evidence of a minimum of five years learning achieved in the field of Halq’eméylem language teaching, learning, or revitalization, with samples of:
    • Language resources or products, such as video and audio material, artwork, translation work, etc.
    • Language programs, curriculum, community events, interviews, stories, written work, reports, etc.
    • Work with linguists, educators, anthropologists, and/or ethnobotanists.
  2. A complete CV/résumé demonstrating interest and experience in language teaching, learning, and revitalization.
  3. Letters of reference attesting to both academic and professional achievements in the field, and to the likelihood that the student will be successful in graduate-level studies.