Elder fluent speaker and young language learner B.C. Indigenous Language Revitalization

Mentor-Apprentice Program


April 1, 2024 - March 1, 2025

The Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) is a one-on-one language immersion program that helps people to become fluent speakers by bringing their language into their daily lives at home and on the land. 

The Mentor-Apprentice Program has two streams:

  1. The Mentor-Apprentice Program offers 300 hours of immersion per year for up to 3 years. 
  2. The Mentor-Apprentice Program: Connections is less intensive and suitable for all language learners. It offers 100 hours of immersion per year, for up to 3 years, at a flexible pace.

MAP is for B.C. First Nations individuals learning one of the 34 First Nations languages in B.C. You do not need to be living in your community (on reserve) to be eligible to participate, but you must be living in B.C. 

FPCC also offers the Youth Empowered Speakers Program (YES) for students aged 18 – 35. YES is a mentor-apprentice program that supports students committed to learning their language while they are pursuing a Bed or ECE certification. Visit the YES program page for more information!

Click on each program stream below to read the guidelines and start your application!

Mentor-Apprentice Program

MAP is for language learners who want to actively pass on the language to others, often through a career as a language educator. Mentor-apprentice participants complete 300 hours of language immersion with a fluent speaker over approximately nine months.  The project term for MAP is April 1, 2024 – March 1, 2025.

MAP is best suited for:

  • Learners who are or want to become language teachers in the school or community
  • Parents of young children or soon-to-be parents
  • Learners aged 16 – 50 who have a plan for actively passing on the language to others

 While completing this program is a big commitment, it works! Some apprentices have become highly proficient speakers in three years. 

Mentor-Apprentice Program: Connections

MAP Connections is for language learners who want to strengthen their connection to their language and who want greater flexibility and minimal reporting requirements. Participants complete 100 hours of language immersion with a fluent speaker at a flexible pace. The project term for MAP Connections is June 1, 2024 – December 15, 2024.

MAP Connections is best suited for:

  • Learners who want to strengthen their connection to their language
  • Learners with some language knowledge or silent speakers who want to gain confidence in speaking
  • Learners who want to complete their mentor-apprentice hours at a relaxed pace.
  • Learners 16 years of age and over.

FPCC provides training and support to successful applicants. Each grant is for a single fiscal year and reapplications are permitted for up to two additional years if the previous year’s requirements are met.

Information Session

We are here to support!

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your grant application please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, which program or grant may be best for your project and even help you fill out your application over the phone up until the end of September. You may also contact an Outreach Coach for information on project planning, resources and information sessions.


The Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) was first developed in California for Native American languages, but the same model can be used to learn any language. It was initially created by Leanne Hinton, Nancy Richardson, Mary Bates Abbott and others (Hinton 2001) based on a suggestion by Julian Lang, a Karuk speaker. For more information on the program in California, see the website for the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival: www.aicls.org

FPCC started a B.C. MAP in 2008 with 12 teams from 11 different B.C. languages. The goal for each team was to complete 900 hours of immersion in their language (3 years of 300 hours per year). These 12 teams showed great success and all of the apprentices became more fluent in their languages. Since then, FPCC has supported hundreds of teams across the province to learn and share their languages.

Tools and Resources

Click here for more information regarding the MAP toolkit. The program toolkit includes helpful resources to assist with planning your program activities from application to submitting your final report.

Funding Process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible and offer a convenient online portal so applicants can more easily apply for programs and submit reports. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Funding process infographic

This program is made possible with funding from the Anglican Foundation (Catholic Apostolic Universal Church Trust Fund), Anglican Church of St. John the Divine, Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, United Church of Canada Healing Fund, and the Department of Canadian Heritage as a result of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages Act.

Page image: Levi Martin and Tsimka Martin, Tla-oqui-aht First Nation, 2019 Mentor-Apprentice training.

Program Contact

Aurora Skala

Aurora Skala has worked with Indigenous communities in Territories within B.C. and Alberta as an archaeologist and anthropologist for over 10 years. She received her M.A. from the University of Victoria.