UBCO launches Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency program designed with NVIT, En’owkin

April 7, 2021
The University of British Columbia Okanagan has announced the launch of a Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF) program, which was created collaboratively with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the En’owkin Centre. It aims to produce fluent speakers of Nsyilxcn who have a deep understanding of the language, culture, and customs. Students in the four-year program spend two years completing a certificate and diploma in Nsyilxcn Language Fluency at NVIT before spending two years completing the program at UBCO. “To study in your language and your knowledge systems, which many English speakers take for granted, is not there for Indigenous peoples,” said Dr Jeannette Armstrong, UBCO associate professor of Indigenous Studies and BNLF academic lead. “UBC Okanagan is at the cutting edge in making that breakthrough—it’s a powerful statement of reconciliation.” Armstrong says the program is one of the first in the world to offer a degree program in an Indigenous language. UBC | The Star (CP) | NVIT (BC)