CILLDI In the Community

In addition to the annual summer school in Edmonton, CILLDI also partners with Indigenous communities and language activists around the world on various efforts throughout the year.  These include delivering courses and workshops in communities, developing language resource materials, and collaborating on a range of language documentation and revitalization efforts. Please contact us (cilldi@ualberta.ca) if you are interested working with us to help strengthen your community's language.

Below are some our our recent and on-going community collaborations.


Enbridge Community Linguist Certificate Pilot Program




Maskwacis, AB and Alexis, AB

Enbridge, Inc., has provided CILLDI with a generous gift which has allowed us to offer the full range of Community Linguist Certificate courses in two communities in Central Alberta: Maskwacis (Cree) and Alexis (Stoney).  Students in both communities are currently taking courses and earning university credit toward their Certificates.  By delivering the courses directly in the community, we have been able to tailor the course content to the specific language spoken in the community, allowing for more specialized instruction.  Students from both communities are expected to graduate with the Community Linguist Certificates later in 2015. 


Above, CILLDI Instructor Conor Snoek and CLC students in Maskwacis, AB, part of the Enbridge Community Linguist Certificate Pilot Program.

Above, CLC students in Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, AB. Back row, (left to right): Dorian Alexis, Eugene Alexis, Conor Snoek (CILLDI Instructor), Frederick Jonah Letendre; Front row: Sherry Letendre, Robyn Roan, Loretta Mustas Duncan

Other Recent Community Partnerships


Old Massett, BC

CILLDI is working with the Haida community of Old Massett, on the northern shore of Haida Gwaii, to develop language resource materials as part of their community language revitalization efforts.  These materials include a user-friendly Haida grammar guide, a workbook for beginning and intermediate students, a classroom activities guide for language teachers, and an updated bilingual dictionary.  We are also assisting in the delivery of a four-month intensive Adult "language boot camp".


Alexis, AB

CILLDI is working with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in producing a Stoney-English bilingual dictionary for learners and fluent speakers in the community.  This is the first large-scale dictionary for Stoney.


Otavalo, Ecuador

CILLDI is working with speakers of Imbabura Kichwa from in and around the highland community of Otavalo, Ecuador, to produce a Kichwa-English bilingual dictionary.  The dictionary will be published in Summer 2015 by the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito.  We are also developing a website to host the dictionary as well as other learning resources for Kichwa, and working with Computer Science students at USFQ to develop an app version of the dictionary.

Kichwa language speaker and activist Santyago Gualapuro leading a dictionary elicitation session during our visit to Ecuador in February, 2014.


Oroha, Solomon Islands

CILLDI is working with native speakers of Oroha to document their language. Oroha is an endangered language spoken in 4 small villages on the island of Small Malaita, in the central Solomon Islands.  The CILLDI team travelled to the Solomons in February 2015 to continue work on an Oroha-English bilingual dictionary, and to record narratives and conversation for a corpus of spoken Oroha.


Oroha language speaker and activist George Clay at home in the Solomons during our visit in February, 2015.


Old Crow, YT

CILLDI travelled to the Gwich'in-speaking community of Old Crow in the Yukon Territory in December 2013 and again in January and February of 2014, to offer community workshops on immersion language teaching strategies, classroom materials development and community language revitalization.


Wabasca, AB 

In Summer of 2013, CILLDI delivered two CLC courses (LING 111 and LING 211) in the Cree-speaking community of Wabasca in northern Alberta.


Tsuut'ina, AB

In 2009, CILLDI delivered all six courses of the Community Linguist Certificate program in Tsuut'ina, AB.  A total of 12 students earned their Community Linguist Certificates during that program.