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Master of Arts in Indigenous Languages
This graduate program combines course work with practical experience and is grounded in ceremony. The goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of language revitalization by providing a forum for exchange of their ideas and share insights through active participation in colloquia, research groups and ceremony.

The program is designed for students who have already achieved fluency in spoken Cree and who are working towards competency in reading Cree texts written in either SRO or Syllabics. An additional goal of the program is to build on student’s linguistic knowledge of their language in relation to second language acquisitions planning. This program provides students an opportunity to explore issues in the following topic areas: linguistic analysis, language revitalization, phonetics, SRO and Syllabics, second language acquisition, language documentation and languages in the global context.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must demonstrate fluency and literacy in the Cree language
  • Must provide proof of proficiency in English, (either a written test or an example of an undergraduate course paper) or completed an introductory university level English course
  • Significant undergraduate training in Cree grammar or linguistic.
  • Prior undergraduate degree.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum of six full courses at the graduate level and must include elements of the following, linguistics (morphology, phonology, and syntax), literacy and second language acquisitions.
  • Students who are not fluent must take the first year of the B.A. in Cree and achieve a functional level of fluency in Cree.
  • Students who are fluent but do not have an undergraduate degree in linguistics must complete either Cree 100 or IYIS 118.
  • Involvement in research project or thesis paper written in Cree.

   Required Course List
  • IYIS 500 Applied Cree Linguistics
  • IYIS 520 Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • IYIS 521 Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • IYIS 534 Community Language Revitalization
  • IYIS 550 Methods in Language Acquisition
  • NEHI 518 Cree Inflectional Morphology
  • NEHI 522 Methods in Cree Literacy
  • NEHI 528 Cree Morphology – Compounding
  • NEHI 530 Issues in Cree Literature and Writing
  • NEHI 548 Cree Syntax