Hul’q’umi’num’ language course April to June 2016

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We would like to thank all of you who are attending the Hul’q’umi’num’ language course, Tuesday and Wednesday 7–9 pm, April 19th–June 22nd at Ladysmith Secondary School. Whether you are already fluent or just beginning your journey, we hope you will enjoy studying the course materials.  —The HLCC teaching team.

Download a .PDF with class info here: Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Immersion April 19th

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Hul’q’umi’num’ Language Course


Would you like to practice your Hul’q’umi’num’ and earn university credit? Are you curious about how to put together words and sentences in Hul’q’umi’num’? This course is for you, whether you are a fluent speaker or just starting out on your journey of learning Hul’q’umi’num’.

Simon Fraser University is offering a course:

FNLG 200-3 Introduction to Grammar in a First Nations Language —Hul’q’umi’num’ 

A practical overview of the grammar of Hul’q’umi’num’ based on linguistic principles for those desiring basic knowledge of language structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis. This course is particularly designed for students interested in learning and teaching Hul’q’umi’num’.


Classes meet for ten weeks, April 19—June 22, 7 pm – 9 pm Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Ladysmith Secondary School, 710 6 Avenue, Ladysmith, BC



Thomas Jones is course coordinator and Mandy Jones will be the on-site host. Instructors will also include Delores Louie, George Seymour, and various guest linguists and educators. The course director is SFU professor Donna Gerdts.

All are welcome at the course, even if they don’t feel they are ready to take it for credit, even if they can’t make it every time. And since we are going to mix talking about the language with talking in the language, it is actually a good course for people who want to learn something about how the language is put together, just to get a sense of what it is like.

If you want to take the course for SFU credit, then attendance every night is expected, and there will be homework assignments to complete outside of class

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How much is the course going to cost?

  • Tuition is free. Costs are covered by the Hul’q’umi’num’ Language and Culture Collective and SFU First Nations Language Center. However, any contributions toward funding future courses is greatly appreciated. So please ask your First Nations for support.

I’m not a university student yet. Can I still take the course?

  • If you are an adult you need to be an SFU student to get credit for the course.
  • We can help you process your admission to SFU. (There’s a $50 admission fee.) Please bring notes on your educational history to fill out the form on first day of class.

How do I apply or admission to SFU?

  • First Nations students apply through the First Nations Studies-Community outreach. You can find information about admission at:
  • If you have questions about SFU paperwork, please contact either Brett Romans, First Nations Studies assistant who assists with FNEP Admission or Lorraine Yam, First Nations student Advisor at or by      phone 1 800 399 5565/ (778-782-4774).

How do I register for the course?

  • There will be paperwork to sign that will be brought along to the class.

When is the deadline for admission and registration?

  • The paperwork can be completed anytime during the course (or even the month after it.
  • It is best to meet with the instructor and Elders for an assessment of your needs and your future plans before you register.
  • Please just show up during the first week of class and then we can figure out a plan for you.

I’m a high school student. Can I take the course?

  • You don’t need to have finished high school to be admitted to SFU. If you are a grade 11 or grade 12 student you can take the course and earn university credit. It may also be possible to earn high school credit, pending pre-approval from your principal.

What if I’m already a student at another university?

  • We’ll have to process you through as an SFU student.
  • Then we’ll work with your university to transfer your credit over to them.

I have never studied Hul’q’umi’num’ before. Is this a good course for me?

  • This course might be a challenge if you don’t already know some Hul’q’umi’num’, but we encourage you to come give it a try and see if you like it. Auditors are welcome if you don’t want to receive SFU credit and be graded.

I am interested in speaking Hul’q’umi’num’ and am not interested in reading and
writing it.

  • This course might not be for you. Although we try to practice language a lot, learning it by doing it, we also talk a lot about the language in English in this course.
  • We will be offering the next immersion style course in August 2016.

Does this course help be get a university degree:

  • This is a credit course and can be applied toward an undergraduate degree.
  • SFU offers a 9-course Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency, and this course can be counted toward the certificate.

I already have a Bachelor’s degree. Should I take this course for credit?

  • We encourage you to take our FNLG courses as they not only help you to become expert in Hul’q’umi’num’ but they can help you gain admission to a graduate program focusing on language and/or linguistics.
  • Plans are underway to start an SFU cohort Graduate Certificate program in Hul’q’umi’num’ starting in January 2017.


Donna Gerdts

Thomas Jones