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 protect, preserve, promote, 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 19th Annual Summer School are July 9-27, 2018. Visit the 2018 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. Submit your bursary application!

    Provost's Bursary Application due Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

  2. Did you know?

    If you attended CILLDI in 2017, you do not need to resubmit an application form. Simply email us with your course selections, and we will register you. If you are new to CILLDI or attended prior to 2017, please fill out an Open Studies Application form and submit it to the CILLDI office.

  3. Intern Info Session!

    Intern Info and Pizza, 4 p.m., March 7, ASH 4-70

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