International and Heritage

Languages Association


About Us

The International and Heritage Languages Association (IHLA) is pleased to welcome you to its website.  We are based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and we currently serve language community schools in the province of Alberta, north of Red Deer.

This website is full of resources, links and available professional development opportunities and it shows what our organization is all about. Home page to our member schools, it is the central information hub about the organization, its history, resources and active engagement in the community and the teaching and learning of international and heritage languages at the community level. 

Discover what we are all about!

12th Annual Mother Language Day

We are grateful to our language schools, esteemed guests, teachers, principals, parents and especially students for making this year's 12th Annual Mother Language Day a tremendous success! Your performances were beautiful, full of culture and character. It is our great pleasure to be able to organize such a warm cultural exchange every year.

This year we have had performances from 15 different schools who showcased the cultures from around the world. We've also had 22 schools displaying their students' talents.

We want to express our thanks to our esteemed guests at the Mother Language Day. Thank you to Maurine Kubinec - Minister of Culture and Tourism for your kind words towards our organization. Thank you Mayor, Don Iveson and Councillor Amarjeet Sohi for proclaiming the International Mother Language Day on February 21st in Edmonton, Alberta Capital City. Thank you to Olenka Bilash for a beautiful presentation on the importance of language preservation.

A big thank you goes to our talented Masters of Ceremonies: Wojtek Hewak and Ksenia Voronina who have led the event. A special thank you also to all our volunteers, and to our sound operator, Kamyar Pooyeh.

My warmest regards go to all of you and we welcome you to the 13th Mother Language Day in 2016.

Visit the News Page for more information, pictures and videos.