Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP)

What is the Mentor-Apprentice Program?

MAP is a way of learning a language where a fluent speaker of the language (a Mentor) teaches a language learner (an Apprentice) through immersion. The goal of the program is to have Apprentices increase their ability to understand and speak their language. While reading and writing are important skills, an Apprentice must be able to understand and speak to become fluent. Spoken language is the focus of MAP learning.

As each Apprentice becomes more fluent, they can teach others the language, creating ripple effects in their community and supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization across the NWT. The Mentor and Apprentice must agree to spend a lot of time together, usually about 7-10 hours per week during the program. During their time together (immersion language sessions), MAP participants "live life in the language" by doing everyday activities using only their Indigenous language, with no English.

Why join the Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP)?

Applying for the Mentor-Apprentice Program as either a fluent Indigenous language speaker (Mentor), or a committed learner (Apprentice) will help support the revitalization and longevity of Indigenous languages and culture.

As a Mentor, you have the chance to share your language knowledge and ensure future generations can communicate in the traditional languages of this Land.

As an Apprentice, you get the opportunity to learn from and build a relationship with an experienced and fluent Mentor. As you become more fluent, you can teach others the language, creating ripple effects in your community.

2022-2023 Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP)

The 2022-2023 Mentor-Apprentice Program will be available to a maximum of 10 pairs of Mentors and Apprentices from six Indigenous Governments. The program is open to Apprentices of all levels, from beginners to more fluent speakers.

Training will be provided for six Indigenous languages:

  • Inuvialuktun,
  • Gwich’in,
  • North Slavey (also known as Dene K’ede),
  • Dene Zhatié,
  • Tłı̨chǫ, and
  • Dëne Sųłıné

The Mentor and Apprentice pairs will build Indigenous language fluency over a period of up to 200 hours of immersion instruction and strategies. Both Mentors and Apprentices are paid for their time in the program upon submission of MAP progress reports. Mentors receive a starting compensation rate of $25 per hour, and apprentices receive a starting rate of $20 per hour.


Applications are not being accepted at this time. The next call for applications will be in March 2023.

Program Timeline

  1. Application submission deadline: May 1, 2022
  2. Application review by MAP Selection Team: May 2 – 20, 2022
  3. Interviews for applicants who are selected for consideration: May 24 – June 24, 2022
  4. MAP pairs who are selected for the program notified: June 30, 2022
  5. Training: August 2022 
  • Attendance is mandatory for all MAP pairs.
  • Travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the GNWT.
  • Daily expense allowance will be paid upon completion of the training workshop.
  • Mentor honoraria will be paid upon completion of the training workshop.                         

Please note: Apprentices will not be paid an honoraria.

    6. MAP Delivery Period: September 2022 to March 2023

  • Mentor and Apprentice begin their language immersion sessions immediately after the two-day training workshop.


All adults 18+ are eligible for the MAP program. Priority will be given to Indigenous applicants that reside in the Northwest Territories and those with a demonstrated commitment to share the language with others upon completion of the program. This includes teachers, childcare workers, parents, or those actively engaged in language programming in their community.

How to apply?

Mentor-Apprentice Pairs must apply together. To apply you must submit the following:

  1. All Sections of the 2022/23 Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) Application Form
  2. MAP Application must include a 1-2 page letter of intent from the Apprentice. The letter should clearly outline your commitment to your language and interest in the program. The following additional information is particularly valuable: 
  • Why you want to learn your language;
  • Why do you think the MAP program will work for you;
  • Specific intentions to pass on the language. 
  1. MAP Application must include a 1-2 page resume of the Apprentice.
  2. MAP Application must include one letter of support for the MAP pair. This letter is ideally written from a respected community member, local official, or educational leader. The letter should not be from an immediate family member.

Please note only completed applications will be considered.

If you need help with completing your application or any of the supporting documentation, please contact:

MAP Project Coordinator

Cell: 867-444-8478 (call or text)