Indigenous Language Revitalization Degree Program

Yellowhead Tribal College is now offering a Bachelor's Degree in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Program Details

NEXT INTAKE: FALL 2022

The Indigenous Language Revitalization Degree is a three-year program that provides language acquisition and revitalization practices. It is cohort-based and is a laddered program that allows students to obtain a certificate, diploma, or degree in language revitalization. 

The program will provide students with a strong foundation in one of the following languages: Cree, Stoney Nakoda, or Anishnaabe/Ojibwe. Although we offer all three languages, students are encouraged to focus on one or, at most, two of the languages.

A worldview from Cree, Stoney Nakoda, and/or Anishinaabe/Ojibwe perspectives ensures the capacity to promote and advocate for the revitalization of the languages and cultures as gifted to us from the Creator. 

Graduates of the Indigenous Language Revitalization Degree program will develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Proficiency in one or more of these Indigenous languages;
  • Advocacy for revitalization of Indigenous languages, culture, and art;
  • Ancestral knowledge of the lands; and
  • Understanding the spirit of our relations.

Mode of Delivery


The program will be delivered through an Indigenous pedagogy by observing, speaking, and writing an Indigenous language, along with developing an understanding of the culture and traditional knowledge. Beyond the classroom, the Indigenous Language Revitalization program will provide a wholistic experience and land-based education led by respected Elders, Eminent Scholars, and Knowledge Keepers. 


Admission requirements

The next intake for this program will be Fall 2022.

  • Applicants will demonstrate an interest in or desire to learn one of the languages as measured through a proficiency test in one of the languages.
  • Applicants are required to have completed either English 30-1 with at least 55%, or English 30-2 with at least 65%. 
  • Applicants may also enter through Mature Status defined as follows: (i) Minimum age of twenty-one; (ii) Successful completion of a skills appraisal test in Math and English.
  • The program will accept some 1st- and 2nd-year university transfer courses.
  • Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Department Head. 

All applicants must complete:

  • General Application Form + pay the $75 non-refundable application fee. 

Courses offered in the Indigenous Language Revitalization Degree program:

ANIS 151: Intermediate Anishinaabe

ANIS151

Cree 100

CREE100

CREE 105: Nehiyaweywin Conversational Cree

CREE105

CREE 106: Nehiyawewin and Syllabics

CREE106

NEHI 111: Cree Morphology: Stories, Words, Suffixes

NEHI 111

CREE 250: Intermediate Cree

CREE250

EASC 101: The Dynamic Earth

EASC101

ENGL 125: Aboriginal Literature

ENGL125

IGOV 301: Introduction to Renewing Ceremonial Life

IGOV301

INED 100: Current Trends in Educational Pedagogy

INED 100

INED 155: Inclusive Education

INED 155

NTST 101: Native Issues

NTST 101

NTST 103: Native Social Structures

NTST 103

STON 115: Introduction to Stoney Nakota Language & Culture

STON115

ISGA 125: Advanced Stoney Nakota Language & Culture

ISGA 125

IGOV 302: Applied Ceremonial Renewal

IGOV302

ENGL 124: Literary Analysis

ENGL 124

NEHI 110: Introductory Cree Morphology

NEHI 110

ANIS 150: Introductory Anishinaabe

ANIS 150

INED 110: Education Admin Foundations, Ethics, & Principles

INED 110

INED 215: Indigenous Language Revitalization

INED 215

GEOG 151: Human Geography

GEOG 151

ENGL 214: Creative Writing

ENGL 214

INED 210: Parallels of Education between Cultures

INED 210

EDIT 210: Intro to Information Technology for Educators

EDIT 210

ANIS 250: Intermediate Anishinaabe II

ANIS 250

CREE 200: Intermediate Cree

CREE 200

CREE 210: Cree Morphology-- Intransitive Verbs

CREE 210

CREE 300: Advanced Cree

CREE 300

CREE 400: Advanced Cree II

CREE 400

EDFX 200: Introduction to Teaching

EDFX 200

IGOV 310: Indigenous Peoples and Technology for Governance

IGOV 310

INED 255: Second Language Acquisition

INED 255

ISGA 215: Advanced Stoney Language & Culture

ISGA 215

NTST 155: Cree Song & Dance

NTST 155

NTST 204: Anishinaabe Clan Systems

NTST 204