BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Secwépemc Language Fluency Diploma

Department: Indigenous Language Fluency
Program Delivery Location: Merritt & Community
Credential: Diploma
Format: Full-Time

Secwépemc Language Fluency Diploma


The TRC report calls to action for post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree programs in Aboriginal languages. In reaction to this NVIT, as a member of the Indigenous Language Fluency Consortium, designed this curriculum to meet the community demands to retain language fluency in community members.

The Indigenous Language Fluency Degree framework is designed to meet Indigenous community language standards as well as academic standards to ensure that NVIT graduates are successful and effective fluent language speakers in their respective communities.

The program is unique in that it emphasizes the language fluency, knowledge and skills relevant to all the worldview of Indigenous communities.  Developing Indigenous Language Fluency is at a critical stage with a high need for qualified fluent speakers particularly in the Indigenous communities across the country. 


The Secwépemc Language Fluency Certificate & Diploma programs are foundational and innovative programs with a focus on Secwepemc Language content in the language fluency curriculum. Admission is open to all learners within the respective Secwepemc communities, particularly those wishing to enhance their knowledge, understanding and conversational ability of Indigenous languages. The program is designed to be delivered year-long through the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of Indigenous Language Fluency programs will be prepared for employment in many different career areas:

  • First Nation organizations

  • Band and Public Schools

  • Other First Nations’ Organizations

  • Family and group facilities

  • Other Organizations (ie-tourism)

The Secwépemc Language Fluency Certificate & Diploma is approved by the local language authorities in their respective communities. Successful completion of the program will allow graduates to work with community members and First Nations Organizations.

Admission Requirements for Certificate

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status

NVIT is committed to ensuring education is accessible to all people. Students who do not meet program requirements should contact the Department Coordinator or an NVIT Academic Planner regarding upgrading opportunities.

Course and Program Transferability

The Secwépemc Language Fluency Certificate & Diploma are articulated through the BCCAT (BC Council on Admissions and Transfer).

For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca

Diploma Completion Plan

The Secwepemc Language Fluency Diploma (SLFD) is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the Secwepemc Language Fluency Diploma Program. In addition to the successful completion of the Secwepemc Language Fluency Certificate, students are required to take the courses, 33 credits, as prescribed below with a total of 66 credits. An overall minimum GPA of 2.33 is required.

  • INLG-164 - Ways of Knowing: Secwépemc Social Foundations
  • INLG-264 - Ways of Knowing: the Secwépemc Land and Culture
  • SECW-210 - Secwépemc Language Linguistics/Literacy
  • SECW-211 - Secwépemc Language Translation / Transliteration
  • SECW-220 - Secwpemctsín Oral Tradition
  • SECW-221 - Secwépemc Language Structure and Syntax
  • SECW-230 - Secwépemc Language Connections: Context Through Immersion Learning
  • SECW-231 - Secwépemc Language Place and Time: Context Through Immersion Learning
  • SECW-330 - Secwépemc Language Immersion: Pod/Cohort
  • SECW-350 - Secwépemc Language Immersion: Introduction to Mentored Special Topics
  • Course Listing for this program

    INLG-164 - Credits: 3.000
    Ways of Knowing: Secwépemc Social Foundations
    This course is an introduction to Secwépemc Social Foundations. It gives a fundamental overview of the concepts and worldview contained in key Secwépemc language words and stories. Students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities of individuals as Secwépemc within their society in relation to the land, to community and to family in the key areas of the use and protection of land and resources, the protection and service to community: the strength of family and roles within family and how each relates education, economics, political and spiritual practice. More Details on this course
    INLG-264 - Credits: 3.000
    Ways of Knowing: the Secwépemc Land and Culture
    This course will introduce students to the study of pre-contact Secwépemc culture. Traditional knowledge, systems and practices are examined in relation to roles and responsibilities, worldview, philosophy and spirituality. More Details on this course
    SECW-210 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Linguistics/Literacy
    This course provides a foundation in theory and practice in linguistics and literacy. Students will learn the processes that occur in word formation, phrase formation, and sentence formation. A general introduction to linguistics will be given. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: SECW 111 / or permission of the instructor.
    SECW-211 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Translation / Transliteration
    This course provides foundation in theory and practice for transcribing and translating Secwépemc Language oral text. Students will transcribe and translate texts and/or tapes using the International Phonetic Alphabet. As a part of this course, students will develop touch-keyboarding skills using the Secwépemc Language font. There will be a basic introduction to linguistic processes such as phonology, phonetics, morphology and syntax. There will also be practice in transcribing and reading texts. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: SECW 210 / or permission of the instructor.
    SECW-220 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwpemctsín Oral Tradition
    This course will examine both traditional and contemporary orality of the Secwépemc peoples. This course will further expose and immerse students to Secwepemctsín, enhance their understanding and speaking ability in conversation and song. Other aspects of the course include exposing the students to various contemporary and traditional activities including celebrations, community and recreational events and everyday events. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    SECW-221 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Structure and Syntax
    This course will expose the student to the basics structure and syntax of Secwépemc Language. Topics include an overview of the Salishan languages with regard to patterns and rules of various components of language. This course will also cover the introductory linguistic components of phonetics, phonology and morphology as it relates to Secwépemc Language. Including descriptive components of sentence building. More Details on this course
    SECW-230 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Connections: Context Through Immersion Learning
    This course will focus on developing listening and speaking for using Secwépemc Language in situational contexts. Students will apply previous knowledge and communication skills to improve or increase vocabulary to connect ideas to everyday situational contexts in Secwépemc Language. Practical application to situations within schools/classroom, community gatherings and formal situations. More Details on this course
    SECW-231 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Place and Time: Context Through Immersion Learning
    This course is a full immersion course. It utilizes supervised fluent speakers to engage student in full-immersion activities in Secwépemc Language use. This course will develop proficiency and fluency in contextualizing the speaker and the receiver and third persons in real world situations. The course will increase vocabulary use of simple explanatory statements, responses to questions, use of spatial indicators and appropriate pronoun designations and time differentiation related to present, past and future contexts. More Details on this course
    SECW-330 - Credits: 6.000
    Secwépemc Language Immersion: Pod/Cohort
    This course builds on Secwépemc Language Immersion where students will expand on elements of the oral immersion learning tools and communication phrases for use. Students will gain experience hearing different fluent speakers of each Secwe?pemc speaking community with the intent of increasing usage and vocabulary. Students will form a Mentor pod process as a cohort of advanced immersion learners moving from one community of fluent speakers to another. Students will assist to organize within their own community the immersion event with the fluent speakers. More Details on this course
    SECW-350 - Credits: 3.000
    Secwépemc Language Immersion: Introduction to Mentored Special Topics
    This course is an introductory mentored special topics course. The course provides students immersion learning following a special topics model. Fluent Secwépemc language topic mentors engage students in total immersion sessions focused on increasing the use of the Secwe?pemc language. Implementing a situational learning practice to guide the topics plan for selected sessions. Situational learning topics may include indoor, outdoor, or other practical learning experiences. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Completion of Year 2 of the DSTC program, including FNLG 211 or permission of the Instructor.

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