North Island College (NIC) is happy to announce that they’ll be offering 3 different Indigenous Language courses. These courses will be available digitally in the upcoming year. Kwak’wala Immersion 1 (IFL-101), Kwak’wala Immersion 2 (IFL-102) and Pathways to Reconciliation and Social Action (IFL-111) will be available for students to choose from.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer these new courses through a new delivery model this fall, making them more accessible to students throughout the region,” said Kelly Shopland, NIC Director of Indigenous Education.
Those who have an interest already should attend an upcoming information session with NIC.
This particular language course will draw on Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing. Students will be able to participate in a variety of cultural activities that are undertaken through a language lens. So, this lens will ensure students understand the relationship between Kwak’wala and identity, place, wellness, and social roles and responsibilities.
“The immersion courses are open to students who have never before studied Kwak’wala, or students who understand some Kwak’wala and want to learn more,” said Sara Child, NIC Indigenous Education Facilitator and developer of the Indigenous Language Fluency certificate.
Also, the second course available is the Pathway to Reconciliation and Social Action course. Here, students will learn how and why Indigenous worldviews, approaches and histories must be incorporated into everything. This includes in education, organizations, communities and workplaces. This is to advance reconciliation in Canada.
“There’s a growing interest from people who want to better understand the history of Indigenous people and how to actively participate and contribute to reconciliation,” said Child. “We hope that offering this course digitally, will open it up not just to students interested in our certificate, but anyone who works with Indigenous communities.”
Overall, these courses are great for students with a growing interest in Indigenous studies. Living in Canada yields the responsibility to learn it’s history, we must all learn about the First People’s of this land while living on their territories, doing the best we can to answer their calls to action and incorporating their knowledge into different facets of our lives.
Further, students wishing to know more should contact NIC’s Indigenous Education Advisors at [email protected]
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