BC partners with FNESC, IAHLA, and higher ed institutions on First Nations Language Degree

February 22, 2017

BC has announced that it is funding the development of a new Indigenous Language Fluency Degree. “First Nations languages are the original languages of this province, and are a critical component of our identity as First Nations peoples,” says First Nations Education Steering Committee President Tyrone McNeil. “The First Nations language fluency degree initiative is an opportunity to directly support First Nations language revitalization and the implementation of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework.” Community consultations were undertaken by the FNESC and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, which have partnered on this project with postsecondary institutions such as Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, En’owkin Centre, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia. The proposed degree program would include two years of language instruction in communities and the final two years at a public postsecondary institution. BC Colleges