First Nations: Awards, Programs & PD
Information for researchers, teachers, and students who are working in the field of language education or who are preparing to enter a career in that field.
Alberta Education—Language Teacher Bursary Program
Sponsored by: As part of Alberta's Languages Initiative, an endowment was created to support the Government's Economic Development Strategy.
Purpose: This program was established so teachers may improve their language fluency, pedagogical skills and knowledge through an educational immersion experience, and to help Alberta jurisdictions enhance their current language teaching capacity. The program will assist certificated Alberta teachers to take a summer post-secondary program in a language other than English or language pedagogy course at an institution outside of Canada. Teachers of Aboriginal languages, whose language of study is only available in Canada, are eligible.
Students will benefit from the enhanced pedagogical and language skills of their teachers, encouraging them to take up the challenge of learning a new language making them more globally competitive.
Post-secondary students in a recognized teacher preparation program in Alberta should contact Alberta Scholarship Programs about the Languages in Teacher Education Scholarship.
Value: Approximately ten bursaries of $5,000 each for study outside of Canada, and two bursaries of $2,500 for Aboriginal language study in Canada.
Alberta Scholarship Programs
Box 28000 STN MAIN
Edmonton, AB T5J 4R4
4th Floor, Sterling Place
9940 – 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2
Toll-free in Alberta: 310–0000
Scholarships | The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA) - AMMSA maintains an extensive list of scholarships available to Aboriginal students.
For extensive information on professional development opportunities available at Alberta universities see Alberta Education - Learning Languages in Alberta - Professional Development: Development
Blue Quills First Nations College (BQFNC)
BQFNC offers courses in Native language and culture, workshops in cultural sensitivity and leadership and a Bachelor of Education Program. Courses may be taken on a full- or part-time basis.
Many courses offered at BQFNC are accredited by partner institutions that include the Athabasca University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Regina. Accredited courses in Native language and studies are offered in all programs.
Blue Quills First Nations College
No. 3 Airport Road North
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0
Edmonton direct: 780–429–2971
Toll-free in Alberta:
University of Alberta—Faculty of Native Studies
The Faculty of Native Studies offers language courses in Cree (introductory, intermediate and advanced) aimed at assisting language teachers who are seeking to enhance their language skills.
Faculty of Native Studies
University of Alberta
2–31 Pembina Hall
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H8