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The main focus of the language department at TNG is to revitalize and preserve the Tsilhqot'in Language. Language Research projects have been conducted in partnership with UVIC for a Community based research project on oral histories and indigenous legal traditions on justice and reconciliation in August 2012 and currently, TNG is working with SFU on a seven year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded language research project. The main purpose of this research is to revitalize the Tsilhqot'in language. Activities within this project include:

Documentation of Tsilhqot'in;
Assessing the function of Tsilhqot'in and challenges of Tsilhqot'in learners;
Developing computer and tablet based digital media for learners of Tsilhqot'in; and
Develop and implement digital storage and retrieval systems.
Language Committee

The Tsilhqot'in Language Committee was formed in 2010, consisting of Tsilhqot'in Language experts who are fluent and literate in Tsilhqot'in. The Tsilhqot'in Language committee purpose is to work on language projects and initiatives that revitalize and preserve Tsilhqot'in language and culture. The committee consists of six Tsilhqot'in community representatives and an alternate approved by their Chief and Council. The language committee works with the local School District No. 73 First Nation Department on accessing First Nation Language Teachers, curriculum development and language workshops. It is also involved in the FNEC committee meetings.

Language Teachers Certification

TNG is the designated First Nations Language Authority which is responsible for recommending individuals for certification as teachers of the Tsilhqot'in Language and Culture, determining fluency of each applicant.

If you or someone you know would like to become a certified Tsilhqot'in Language instructor please contact Sherry Stump at

To download the Chilcotin Language App, click here ( note: only for Iphone.)

For a list of Tsilhqot'in Language resources click here.

To purchase a Tsilhqot'in picture dictionary contact Yunesit'in Government Office at 250.394.4295

In August of 2012, in partnership with the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA), UVIC Faculty of Law, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and Law Foundation of Ontario, the TNG completed a Community Based Research Project surrounding oral histories and indigenous traditions on justice and reconciliation. To find out more about this project click here.


Dependent on funding, TNG offers the Tsilhqot'in Language Certificate and University College Entrance Program (UCEP) upgrading. In 2012 the Development Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) Tsilhqot'in Language Certificate was implemented in partnership with UNBC in order to deliver two Tsilhqot'in language courses and develop two Tsilhqot'in language courses.

This program was funded by First Nations Education Steering Committee and AANDC Indian Studies Support Program (currently changed to the Post-Secondary Partnership Program) and certifies Tsilhqot'in language instructors to teach Tsilhqot'in in public schools.

  Sherry Stump, Language & Education Coordinator

Sherry Stump is from Tl'etinqox. Her parents are Theresa Stump (William) of Xeni Gwet'in and Roy Stump of Tl'etinqox.

Sherry Stump

Sherry was born and raised in the Tl'etinqox community and contributes her hard working ethic and discipline to her parents. Sherry Stump's education consists of a Diploma in Management with the Thompson Rivers University along with over 15 years of work experience in administration.

Sherry's desired areas of employment are within management, proposals and coordinating projects, due to her ability to multi-task, coordinate and visualize the success of projects. Sherry believes her analytical and articulate nature has contributed to her accomplishments, having the ability to stand back and analyze situations both in work environments and people.

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