About our Indigenous Language Instructor's Program


An image of basket weavingFormerly, the Indigenous Language Instructor's Program (ILIP) now Indigenous Langauge Teacher's Diploma Program (ILTD) works to increase the number of Algonquian language teachers by providing students with the necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications to teach an Algonquian (Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibwe) language.  Our courses address elements that are important to the language, such as:

  • Understanding the language’s structure and use
  • Pedagogical principles related to teaching an Algonquian language
  • Methods and techniques for teaching that will help to promote and maintain Algonquian languages

We, in collaboration with the Department of Languages, deliver Algonquian language courses (Ojibwe, Cree and Oji-Cree) using holistic teaching methods; during each course, you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and knowledge as well as learn from other students and their expertise.  These courses frame learning as a cultural and transformative experience, which help you to understand yourself, your culture and language better.

Our Language Programs

We offer programs that allow you to pursue either an Indigenous Language Teacher's Diploma (ILTD), or summer courses that can help you to work on your writing, reading and speaking (fluency) skills.  

For more information about our language programs, click the following links:

To apply to the ILTD program or to register into the Indigenous Language Summer Institute, please contact us directly at ilip@lakeheadu.ca 

Note: We offer all of our ILIP programs during the month of July at our Thunder Bay campus, as well as some language courses during the fall/winter terms.  For out of town students we also provide Children and Youth Language Camp during the month of July.