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Halq'eméylem Program

Halq’eméylem is the traditional language of the Stó:lõ people. It is a dialect of Salishan language category. Halq’eméylem is spoken in the areas of central and upper Fraser Valley, Harrison Lake, and the lower Fraser Canyon. It is known also as Upriver Halq’eméylem and it is closely related to Downriver Halkomelem and Island Halkomelem. Halq’eméylem is an endangered language. Many Stó:lõ people are in the midst of efforts to revive their traditional language and culture to preserve Stó:lõ history and identity. All are welcome to join to explore Stó:lõ tradional concepts, worldview, oral narratives, place names, and so much more that can be accurately expressed meaningfully only in Halq’eméylem.

Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Halq'eméylem


  • HALQ 101, 102, 201 and 202.
  • Minimum 2.33 GPA.
  • At least 25% of the courses must be completed at UFV.

Advanced Proficiency Certificate in Halq'eméylem

This Certificate will become available as third-year courses are developed in Halq'eméylem.



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