First Peoples' Language, Culture, and Oral Traditions Certification

First Peoples’ languages are falling silent. This is a loss to the cultural heritage of the affected tribes and to the cultural resources of Washington State. Teaching First Peoples’ languages can be a critical factor in successful educational experiences and promoting cultural sensitivity for all students.

The purpose of establishing the pilot program for the certification of teachers of First Peoples’ languages/cultures is to contribute to the prevention, recovery, revitalization, and promotion of First Peoples’ languages and provide the opportunity for tribal children to learn their language while at school.