Intermediate Certificate in Halq'eméylem 

Halq’eméylem is the traditional language of the Stó:lõ people. It is a dialect of Salishan language category. Halq’eméylem is spoken in the areas of central and upper Fraser Valley, Harrison Lake, and the lower Fraser Canyon. It is known also as Upriver Halq’eméylem and it is closely related to Downriver Halkomelem and Island Halkomelem. Halq’eméylem is an endangered language. Many Stó:lõ people are in the midst of efforts to revive their traditional language and culture to preserve Stó:lõ history and identity. All are welcome to join to explore Stó:lõ tradional concepts, worldview, oral narratives, place names, and so much more that can be accurately expressed meaningfully only in Halq’eméylem.

Program Structure


The Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Halq'eméylem consists of the successful completion of 12 credits in Halq'eméylem at the 100 and 200-level. The proficiency certificate can be completed simultaneously to an additional program (i.e. Bachelor of Arts degree) or on it's own. 


Students in any UFV program who meet the stated requirements of any proficiency certificate may apply for the certificate by completing a graduation application, available at the Office of the Registrar, by April 1 (all requirements must be met by April 30).


Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Halq'eméylem (12 credits)

Course Title                                                                          Credits
HALQ 101 Halq'eméylem Language I 3
HALQ 102 Halq'eméylem Language II                                            3
HALQ 201 Intermediate Halq'eméylem I                                 3
HALQ 202 Intermediate Halq'eméylem II   

Note: A minimum minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 in all ocourses applicable to the certificate is required for graduation with a proficiency certificate in Halq'eméylem. At least 25% of the courses must be completed at UFV.

Need More Info?

For Halq'eméylem course descriptions, please see the UFV Academic Calendar. For more information regarding the Proficiency Certificates in Halq'eméylem, please contact the Modern Languages department assistant at 604-557-4035 or via email at‌   

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