Mi'kmaq Language Certificate Program

The Faculty of Education of St. Francis Xavier University has a long-standing commitment to the Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. With the increase in First Nations teachers, there has been a corresponding growth in the teaching of Mi’kmaq language in band schools, especially in the Cape Breton area. Among Mi’kmaq communities throughout Mi’kma’ ki, there is an increasing interest in Mi’kmaq language and its preservation.

StFX Faculty of Education personnel through discussions with educators, administrators, and School Boards from a number of band schools and also with leaders from Mi'kmaq Kina'matnewey are providing a Mi’kmaq Language Certificate Upgrading Program for current Mi’kmaq speaking teachers in the area of Mi’kmaq language curriculum and pedagogy.

The Mi’kmaq Language Certificate Program which began in September 2009, with approval from the Minister of Education is designed for teachers who are fluent Mi’kmaw speakers teaching or planning to teach Mi’kmaq language.

This program is offered one course per semester on weekends and evenings, two courses during the first summer in an intensive block, and five courses over the final three semesters to a cohort of 25 individuals with the program finishing in June.