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Created: 2014 Mar 17


March 17, 2014

Aboriginal language programs offered at Aurora College


FORT SMITH, NT – Offering courses and programs in Aboriginal language and culture is one way that Aurora College helps to expand and promote the rich history of Aboriginal culture in the Northwest Territories. The NWT is home to 11 official languages, nine of which are Aboriginal.

In recognition of Aboriginal Languages Month, which is celebrated in March, Aurora College is highlighting programs and courses available to help individuals learn and use Aboriginal languages and traditional knowledge and culture in the NWT.

The Aboriginal Language and Cultural Instructor program (ALCIP) is designed to train individuals to work as Aboriginal language instructors. The program is a mixture of Aboriginal language immersion and teaching methodology courses related specifically to teaching Aboriginal languages. Graduates most often work in schools or with communities and Aboriginal organizations.

Dave Porter, Chair of Aurora College’s School of Education, notes that community engagement is key to securing the future of Aboriginal Languages in the territory. “Programs like ALCIP allow Aurora College to work with each of our regions to deliver language programming in a way which best meets the region's and community’s needs
. Language and culture go hand in hand. It is extremely important that we have a mechanism for our students to learn about our territory’s diverse heritage and culture."

Aurora College currently offers free evening language classes in several locations, including Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith and the Community Learning Centre in Dettah.

In addition, many programs offered at Aurora College include components of traditional knowledge and skills. For example, the Bachelor of Education, Social Work Diploma and Environment and Natural Resources Technology Diploma programs all include on-the-land or culture camps in the curriculum.

Our Elders are important contributors to our curriculum. They share, teach and guide our students in the classroom, and on the land with their traditional knowledge. During this month of celebration we would like to say a big mahsi cho to all of our Elders across the Territory.

For more information or to register for programs at Aurora College, visit our website at www.auroracollege.nt.ca or contact one of our three campuses: Aurora Campus (Inuvik) 1-866-287-2655, Thebacha Campus (Fort Smith) 1-866-266-4966 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-866-291-4866.


For more information, please contact:


Jeff Turner
Marketing & Communications Officer
Aurora College Office of the President
Phone: 867-872-7015
Fax: 867-872-5143
Email: jturner@auroracollege.nt.ca

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