Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute

CILLDI (pronounced “sill-dee”) is an intensive, annual summer school held at the University of Alberta whose goal is to train First Peoples speakers and educators in endangered language documentation, linguistics, language acquisition, second language teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and language-related research and policy-making. Our mandate is the preservation of endangered languages by developing research skills and teaching resources in the speakers of these languages themselves. CILLDI supports Indigenous language activists in promoting, protecting, practicing, and passing on their languages to the next generation of speakers and educators by providing a unique opportunity to earn university credit towards a certificate, degree, or diploma while learning about selected Canadian Indigenous languages and cultures. CILLDI strives to be multi-cultural, cross-linguistic, inter-disciplinary, inter-regional, inter-generational, and responsive to different sociolinguistic situations in the language communities under threat.

This annual summer school is committed to the revitalization of Canada's Indigenous languages through language documentation, teaching and literacy. CILLDI has been in operation since 2000. It is a tri-Faculty initiative at the University of Alberta, involving the Faculties of Arts, Education, and Native Studies. Our purpose is to support individuals at the community level by providing basic training in linguistics, native languages, second language teaching methodologies, curriculum and resource development, and other aspects of professional enhancement such as language-related research and policy-making. We provide practical training to our students which can be directly implemented back in the community. Our goal is also to provide background training in a variety of disciplines to students who may be seeking a B.A. or a B.Ed. or other advanced degree, diploma, or certificate. Most CILLDI students acquire a sense that there is a large network of people facing similar challenges of Indigenous language maintenance around Western Canada and we are pleased that we have so many returning students each year.

Twelfth Annual CILLDI Summer School – 4-22 July 2011

The University of Alberta is pleased to present the 12th annual Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute over the course of three weeks in July 2011. Learn an Indigenous language or gain expertise in the areas of linguistics, endangered language documentation and revitalization, language and literacy learning, second language teaching and curriculum development, and language policy and planning. This program provides a unique opportunity to earn university credit while learning about selected Indigenous languages and culture. Some CILLDI courses lead to a Community Linguist Certificate (CLC) and the Indigenous Languages Instructors Certificate (ILIC).

Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Office Department of Linguistics
4-32 Assiniboia Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E7
Phone: (780) 248-1179
Fax: (780) 492-0806