Prior to 1977, heritage language schools operated in isolation. Thanks to a grant offered by the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism, heritage language schools participated in a conference attended uniquely by and for heritage language school teachers. Once teachers in schools discovered that their challenges and rewards were similar across schools regardless of the languages they taught, they decided to continue to learn from one another and the organization was born. The tradition of learning from each other continues to this day. 

Our Governance

IHLA rooted in multiculturalism:

IHLA member benefits include:

Our Board of Directors

Click here to learn about the members on our board and learn how you can become one.

IHLA members come together to learn with each other and from each other at professional development sessions, the annual Mother Language Day, principals' meetings, and shared community events. 


IHLA: What you can expect

Becoming a member of IHLA provides you wiIHLA membership provides a number of benefits for students, teachers, leadership, and schools. If you join us you will have:

a) an opportunity to join the IHLA Mentorship Program 

b) the IHLA Newsletter which provides news and information about our activities and initiatives 

c) IHLA teachers' professional development and training, specific for teachers of heritage language schools (free of cost to members in good standing)

d) access to a wide range of educational and organization support and advice from our office (based on funds availability each year)

e) access to the Canadian Languages Network (CLN), an Internet-based information retrieval service

f) individualized support and guidance to continue or pursue teacher certification pathways in Alberta 

g) access to professional journals and associations as well as a variety of learning resources, through the IHLA learning resource centre

h) opportunities for participation in IHLA's annual "International Mother Language Day" event (February 21) which provides opportunities for promotion of your school program within IHLA's multicultural community

i) professional guidance and support to set up school policies and sound pedagogical approaches to language teaching

International & Heritage Languages Association