Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat

Apply to the Mentor Apprentice Program

What is the Mentor Apprentice Program?

The Mentor Apprentice Program (MAP) is an immersive way to learn an Indigenous language in your community or region through one-on-one instruction with a fluent speaker. 
The MAP approach is a celebrated best practice in Indigenous language instruction and has been recognized worldwide as a successful method of reviving endangered languages.
This program provides paid training for both the apprentice and mentor, compensation is based on the completion of progress reports.

How does it work?

MAP brings together a fluent speaker with a language learner into pairs. Together, the Mentor and Apprentice pairs build Indigenous language fluency over a period of 100 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. 

Training will be provided in NWT regional communities for six Indigenous languages: 

  • Inuvialuktun (Inuvik), 
  • Gwich’in (Inuvik), 
  • North Slavey (also known as Dene K’ede – Norman Wells), 
  • Dene Zhatié (Fort Simpson), 
  • Tlicho (Behchoko), and 
  • Dene Suline (Fort Resolution).

Who can participate?

The 2020-2021 MAP initiative will be available to a maximum of 10 pairs of Mentors and Apprentices from six regional Indigenous Governments. 

How can I apply?

The deadline for receipt of MAP applications is Friday, November 20, 2020.

Apply to be a MAP Apprentice today!  

Application Forms: 

Application Package – Gwich’in Tribal Council

Application Package – Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Application Package – Akaitcho Territory Government 

Application Package – Dehcho First Nations

Application Package – Sahtu Dene Council

Application Package – Tłı̨chǫ Government 

Complete the application form and submit to: 
MAP Project Coordinator
Phone: 867-767-9346, Extension: 71037
Email: indigenous_languages@gov.nt.ca