Secwépemc Language Fluency Program

A Chief Atahm School and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Partnership

About the program

Chief Atahm School (A full immersion school located in Chase, BC) has partnered with NVIT to offer an intensive adult Secwepemctsin fluency program to be delivered on the Adams Lake Band in Chase, BC. The Program builds on the language expertise of Chief Atahm School and the traditional knowledge of Secwepemc Elders. 


What the program offers

The program includes intensive, accelerated language learning techniques. Each student will have access to tutoring by fluent elders and technological support through our language learning apps. Learn to converse and teach in the language. Our program focuses on more than just language, we also deliver traditional teachings about the land, culture, place names and storytelling. Students are welcome to utilize our Secwepemctsin library of resources. After completion, students will be able to use this knowledge for both personal use and documentation in the Secwepemctsin. 


Daily Intensive Teaching

Students will be surrounded with language rich exercises in order to learn a language quickly and effectively. Over the last two decades, Chief Atahm School has developed a great variety of teaching materials. We offer the most comprehensive language resources and teaching moths within the Secwepemclecw. Our curriculum follows an accelerated sequence, beginning with frequently used vocabulary building to storytelling and cultural teachings. 

Language Lab

Through a partnership with the Hellenic Department at Simon Fraser University we have developed a state-of-art online classroom for students to learn and practise secwepemctsin language. Students will also have learning support through language learning recordings, e-books and apps created in-house by our Chief Atahm School curriculum and by Eyesparks( Game developer),

Cultural Teachings

The Language is what connect us to the land and the rich culture of the Secwepemc people. Through storytelling and resource gathering, students will develop a stronger connection to themselves, the language and the land. Our vast collection of recordings and text will also help extend the students language experiences. 

 Online Technology


We will be offering classes online come Fall of 2018. Some courses will be offered for distance learners. Please contact us for more info. 


All pathways will prepare students to live and work in an all-language environment. All courses ladder towards a Bachelor Of Arts. Begin the beautiful journey towards fluency. 

3 pathways to graduate.

The certificate is awarded to recognize the successful completion of the equivalent of a one year, full-time or part-time study, with an option of continuing on to the second year diploma. 

The diploma is earned with the completion of all courses listed under the Indigenous Language Certificate Completion plan and the Indigenous Language Diploma Completion. 

This one-year advanced (ADILT) diploma program is available to graduates of the Indigenous Language Diploma Program and will prepare students to teach Indigenous languages in any BC school setting. Graduates will be eligible to receive the Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) from the BC College of Teachers.