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After much hard work on the part of Indigenous Education from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Cowichan schools districts, in partnership with the Hul’qumi’num Language Stakeholders group, the Hul’qumi’num Language IRP Grades 5 to 12 received Ministry approval in 2007.

The IRP is being used by Hul’qumi’num Language teachers and is available on the Ministry websites (listed below).  In partnership with Chemainus Native College, a cohort of language teachers received in-service on the IRP.

In a letter addressed to Superintendent Michael J. Munro, the Ministry congratulated all those involved with the IRP in producing a “very fine document.”

Currently we are able to offer Hul’qumi’num instruction at John Barsby, Ladysmith Secondary, Bayview Elementary and Georgia Avenue Elementary.

In the future, it is hoped that the IRP will be a vehicle for increasing the number of schools who are able to offer the Hul’qumi’num language.  The IRP combined with the Developmental Standard Teaching Certificate Program, currently being offered by Vancouver Island University and Chemainus Native College will go a long way to revitalizing the language.

Indigenous Learning Team

Director of Instruction, Indigenous Learning
Ricki Bartlett
250 741-5318

Indigenous Learning Coordinator
Tannis Calder
250 268-3438

District Assistant Indigenous Learning
Patti McCarthy
250 741-5318

Indigenous Learning Team (Staff by School)

hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ phrase of the week

During the 2021-2022 school year, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools launched a new series featuring a Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ phrase of the week. These phrases have been provided by the Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ teachers of NLPS to share with educators, students and the larger community so that we can continue our learning journey together with the language of the land.  Click on the images to play a short video clip and hear each phrase.

hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ Classroom Phrases

hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ Language IRP Grades 5 to 12

Hul’qumi’num Seasons