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Registration for Fall 2022 courses open August 1 – 21, 2022, for Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs.

Language Proficiency Training

Do you want to learn your ancestral Yukon First Nation language?
Do you want to pass language on to future generations?


About the Indigenous Language Proficiency Program
The Yukon Native Language Centre: Council of Yukon First Nations, in partnership with 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 the 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 of the program are:

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

*Note: The creation of an Indigenous Language Teaching Certificate would require teacher candidates have First Nation Language Proficiency as a foundation.

Course Offerings Fall 2022

Important Information

Fall 2022 course registration opens August 1, 2022, and closes August 21, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

Fall 2022 courses run from September 12, 2022, until December 2, 2022.

Course schedules will be posted on this page as they are finalized. Students are encouraged to register for courses even if the course schedule is not posted – this informs the YNLC of course interest.

Registrants will be contacted with enrolment confirmation, finalized course schedules and additional information on the course.

Language Courses

INLG 130 – Introduction to Phonetics

Instructor(s): Daniel Tlen & Pat Moore
Course Schedule: Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (BC time change will affect these class times in November to 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Delivery: Online

INLG 133 – Yukon First Nation Language Level 1

Instructor(s): Äyínzhia Cory Holway, Skaydu.û Jules, Chʼáak Yadí Abigail Turner, Legit Georgette McLeod, Paul Caesar-Jules, and Various Speakers.
Course Schedule: Weekly Classes 2 – 3 times per week.
Delivery: Online, In-Person, and Hybrid

INLG 200 – Introduction to Grammar in a Yukon First Nation Language

Instructor(s): Matsʼäsäna Mą Primozic & Dzeiwsh James Crippen and Various Speakers.
Course Schedule: Weekly Classes 2 – 3 times per week
Delivery: Online, In-Person, and Hybrid

INLG 233 – Yukon First Nation Language Level 3

Instructor(s): Emeral Poppe, Shaa Tlein Christine Genier, Luke Campbell, and Various Speakers
Course Schedule: Weekly Classes 2 – 3 times per week
Delivery: Online, In-Person, and Hybrid

INLG 333 – Yukon First Nation Language Level 5

Instructor(s): Zhùrä Shirley Adamson
Language: Tagish
Course Schedule: Weekly Classes 2 times per week
Delivery: Kwanlin (In-Person)

Topics Courses

INLG 335 – Language Revitalization

Instructor(s): Dr. Norma Shorty
Course Schedule: *Date Change* September 10 – 11, September 17 – 18, October 8 – 9 (3 Weekends) from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Daily
Delivery: Kwanlin Online & In-Person (Hybrid)

How to register

Registration Forms will be posted below on August 1, 2022.

New Students
If you have never taken an INLG course through YNLC, please fill out the New Student Registration Form and indicate what program stream you are interested in (Credit or Non-Credit Student). If you choose the Credit Student stream, please also complete the Simon Fraser Univerity Admission and YNLC Consent Forms below and send them to with your New Student Registration form.

Continuing Students
If you have taken an INLG course through YNLC previously, please fill out the Continuing Student Registration Form. Please fill out the form completely and select your courses.

All forms for New and Continuing Students should be submitted to by August 21, 2022, at 4:00 PM.

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All courses are subject to Instructor and Fluent Speaker availability. In adherence to COVID 19 guidelines classes will be offered at YNLC or community of Instructor & 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 previously, arrangements can be made upon request. Please contact Kelsey Jaggard, YNLCʼs Language Training Coordinator, at

For more information, please contact YNLC:

Physical Address: Yukon University – Ayamdigut Campus
Mailing Address: 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:

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