About Us

CILLDI is the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute. Pronounced ‘sill-dee’, the Institute hosts an annual summer school held at the University of Alberta, and is dedicated to the revitalization of Canada’s Indigenous languages through documentation, teaching, and literacy. Our purpose is to support individuals at the community level by providing basic training in linguistics, native languages, second language teaching, and other aspects of professional enhancement such as language-related research and policy making.

We supply tools to Indigenous language activists so that they can better promote, protect, practice, and pass on their language. This includes a unique opportunity: students can earn university credits while learning about selected Canadian Indigenous languages and cultures. We are very pleased to have so many returning students each year.

Dates for the 18th Annual Summer School are July 10-28, 2017. Visit the 2017 Summer Program page for information including course offerings, or contact us!

CILLDI has a long and vibrant history - find previous course offerings, affiliates, and images on our history page.

The 2016 Community Linguist Certificate recipients 

If you would like to come in to the CILLDI office to learn more about us, we are situated in 1-50B Assiniboia Hall. Our office hours are on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, or please make an appointment! CILLDI staff are only on campus part time. See the "contact us" page to learn more.


  1. Intern Info Session!

    An information session will be held for all those interested in learning about the CILLDI Internship Program on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 4pm - 5pm in ASH 4-70. Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions to cilldi@ualberta.ca. We hope to see you there!

  2. Save the Dates!

    Dates for the 18th Annual Summer School are July 10-28, 2017. Stay tuned for more information about 2017 course offerings

  3. Provost Bursary Information

    The Provost Bursary will not be opened until January of 2017. Though we are releasing the application forms later than we have in past years, the deadline to apply will remain mid-March. Contact the office for details.

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