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 promote, protect, 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 18th Annual Summer School are July 10-28, 2017. Visit the 2017 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. Bursary Deadline Extended

    The Provost Bursary deadline has been moved from March 20 to Monday, March 27. Please ensure that you send all parts of your application to the CILLDI Office by that date to be eligible to receive the bursary!

  2. Tax Forms

    Do you require a T2202A Tax form? Just log into BearTracks, select ‘T2202A Tax Form’ under ‘Financials’ on the menu on the left, then select the desired tax year. Or, you can request one by filling out this form! Click here.

  3. Bursary Deadline Approaching!

    The CILLDI Provost Bursary deadline is only 3 weeks away! Make sure to complete your application and send it back to the CILLDI Office by Monday, March 20th! Contact us at (780) 248-1179 or email us at cilldi@ualberta.ca to have the application form sent to you.

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