CILLDI (pronounced ‘sill-dee’) 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.

CILLDI has a long and vibrant history - find previous class offerings, affiliates, and images on the History section of our website.

If you would like to come in to the CILLDI office to learn more about us, please make an appointment! CILLDI staff are only on campus part time. See the "contact us" page to learn more. 

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The 2014 Community Linguist Certificate recipients

  1. Internship and LING/ANTHR Information Session

    There will be an information session regarding the CILLDI 2015 July Internship Program on Tuesday March 24 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in ASH 3-30. Students interested in enrolling in LING 311/ANTHR 385, Ethnography and Language Revitalization, are also welcome to attend with any questions about the CILLDI program. This event is open to anyone with questions, and we offer the program to both undergraduate and graduate students. Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance, including any dietary restrictions or allergies. You can also email us with any questions, or to request an application form.

  2. Internship and Bursary Applications are Now Available in the "Forms" Section on Our Website.

    Looking for a unique and flexible experience this summer? The CILLDI internship program runs throughout July 2015. Bursaries are a separate application for students taking 2 credit classes.

  3. CILLDI Listserv now up and running.

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