International & Heritage Languages Association

Our present


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



Mother Language Day!

February 25, 2017


Our future

Our past

We have exciting events planned for the 2016/2017 school year. These include our annual Mother Language Day Celebration and book, principals' meetings, teachers' professional development sessions, mentorship programs and more!

Come and celebrate our 40 year anniversary on February 24, 2017 and our annual Mother Language Day on February 25, 2017!

Are you interested? You should join us!

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