Language Classes

Language Proficiency Training

Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs –
Registration Now Open for Summer 2022!

Certificate & Diploma in Indigenous Language Proficiency – Athabaskan and Łingít – Yukon

The Yukon Native Language Centre: Council of Yukon First Nations, in partnership with the Simon Fraser University offers a language proficiency certificate program. This program can be taken for credits or students can just attend and participate. The program can be taken full-time (three courses per term) or on a part-time basis. All courses are offered at the Yukon Native Native Language Centre in Yukon College, however should a First Nation government want the courses delivered at the community level, a partnership arrangement can be developed with the Yukon Native Language Centre.

The objective of Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Program is to contribute to the revival, revitalization and maintenance of Yukon First Nation languages and to directly support students to become fluent speakers with the ability to pass the language on to future generations. The objectives for Year 1 of the program are:

  • Increase proficiency and fluency from complete beginner to intermediate levels in one’s language
  • Promote and support a deeper understanding of, and connection to, one’s culture and heritage through the language.
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to begin or continue post-secondary education and receive an accredited certificate.

*Note: An Indigenous Language Teaching Certificate is under development that will require First Nation Language Proficiency as a foundation.

YNLC/Simon Fraser University Course Offering: Summer 2022

Do you want to learn your language?
Do you want to become a language teacher?


The Yukon Native Language Center (YNLC) partners with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) and respective Yukon First Nations to offer a language learning program for students who wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills in a particular First Nations language, to teach this language in schools, or to enhance their language for cultural reasons or professional objectives.

All courses are taught with the expertise and knowledge of language revitalization practitioners, linguists and/or fluent speakers. Prioirty is given to Yukon First Nations citizens and language teacher trainees and vacant seats are open to the public at a cost. Tuition and student fees are provided for Yukon First Nation citizens. Honoraria, travel and per diems are covered for fluent speakers. Register now as seats are limited and courses fill up very fast.

Course Schedule Summer 2022


INLG 433 & 434: Mentor-Apprentice Program I & II

This course supports focused language learning alongside a mentor/speaker in a specific Yukon First Nations Language. Applying best practices of life-long language learning, this student-driven course follows the interests of the learner over 40-hours of immersive and direct language learning with a mentor/speaker.

Course Term: May – August 2022

Orientation Times & Dates: May 10 – 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Yukon Native Language Centre (MANDATORY)
Delivery: Students will create a learning schedule with their mentor/speaker (4-hours/week for 10 weeks)
Instructor(s): Marianne Ignace

MAP Course Registration:

New Student Registration Form

Continuing Student Registration Form

Student Handbook 2021-2022

Send completed registration forms to by June 27, 2022.

INLG 435: Curriculum & Materials Development II

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – Deadline for Applications is June 29, 2022.

Course Dates: July 11 – 15, 2022 (Monday to Friday)
Course Times: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Delivery: Land-based 5-day Course (Tagish)
Instructor(s): Tina Jules
Prerequisites: INLG 133 & INLG 134: Yukon First Nation Language Level 1 & Level 2

Summer 2022 Curriculum & Materials Development II Course Poster

All courses are subject to Instructor and Fluent Speaker availability. In adherence to COVID19 guidelines classes will be offered at YNLC or community of Instructor (small groups following Safe6) & Online using Zoom video conferencing. Yukon First Nation citizens/beneficiaries, language teacher trainees and continuing students will be given priority. Tuition and student fees are provided for Yukon First Nation citizens/beneficiaries. Vacant seats are open to the public at course cost.

Should you require credits for courses taken, arrangements can be made upon request

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How to register

If you are a new student, please start by reviewing the Yukon Native Language Centre’s Student Handbook 2021 – 2022 to review programs offered, frequently asked questions, and important dates. Fill out the New Student Application Form and indicate what program stream you are interested in. Further instructions are outlined on the form.

If you were previously registered in any Winter 2021, Fall 2021, or Winter 2022 courses, please fill out the Continuing Student Registration Form with any updated contact information and select your courses.

Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2021-2022

For more information, please contact YNLC:

Physical Address: Yukon University
Mailing Addresss: Box 2799 | Whitehorse, Yukon YT | Y1A 5K4
Phone: 867-668-8820
Fax: 867-668-8825

Student Funding Sources

Students interested in applying for financial aid listed below are responsible for enquiring and applying through the appropriate agency as indicated in the description. Please be advised that the following are external sites.

Funding and financial assistance opportunities: