International & Heritage Languages Association

Our present

Check out the most recent IHLA Newsletter

on the publications page!

IHLA has worked for forty years to promote and support students, families, teachers, schools and communities with language learning and pluralingualism.

Its many successes include awards and scholarships, professional development workshops for teachers, conferences, networking opportunities, financial support (when possible), and advocacy.

Supporting students, families, schools, & communities since 1977

Did you know that in 2015 our mayor, Don Iveson, declared February 21 International Mother Language Day at IHLA's annual Mother Language Day celebration?

Did you know that in 2016, IHLA won the UNESCO Linguapax award for its 40 years of service to heritage language students, schools, families, and communities? Learn more about it at


We have exciting events planned for the 2017/2018 school year. These include our annual Mother Language Day Celebration and book, principals' meetings, teachers' professional development sessions, mentorship programs, new book study project for teachers and more!

Come and celebrate our 15th Annual Mother Language Day on February 24, 2018. Our theme this year is Two Cultures Together!

Are you interested? You should join us!

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