In keeping with the mission of Cape Breton University, the Unama'ki College, formerly Mi'kmaq College Institute (MCI), strives to meet the needs of the Mi'kmaw communities of Mi'kma'ki, which includes Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and parts of New England. The Unama'ki College has developed a curriculum for Mi'kmaw students, educators, scholars, and researchers. One goal of the Institute is to continue to develop, expand, and implement Mi'kmaw programs and services. Programs are offered under the aegis of the academic schools of Cape Breton University, especially in teacher training and Mi'kmaw language.
Mi'kmaq Resource Centre
The Mi'kmaq Resource Centre is collecting and assembling material concerning Mi'kmaq history, language, and culture. Researchers interviewed individuals in Native communities to obtain historical and background information on the reserves, and they are compiling a bibliography of written materials on the culture, tradition, and language of the reserves. These documents are available for consultation; photocopies and sound recordings can be made.
International Language Institute (in English and French)
Since 1983, the International Language Institute (ILI) has helped adults from all over the world to learn English in order to get a better job, to conduct international business or prepare for university. Some students come to ILI simply to experience and enjoy life in Canada for a period of time. ILI is Nova Scotia's oldest independent language school. It has become an official language-training centre for the Canadian government and a certified Cambridge teacher-training centre. ILI also offers special programs (Medical English) and French languages courses.
The mission of the Centre acadien de l'Université Sainte-Anne is to promote knowledge of and interest in the history and culture of Nova Scotia's Acadian community within the Maritime Provinces as well as within other community groups in Canada, in the United States of America and Europe. The Centre collects, preserves and classifies everything related to Acadian history and culture, particularly that of Nova Scotia, and makes this material available to the university community and the general public. The Centre is responsible for maintaining the institutional archives of Université Sainte-Anne for the purpose of research, teaching, and public distribution of the collected information.
Teaching English as a Second Language Centre
One of the leading English language centres in Canada, the TESL Centre at Saint Mary's University offers a variety of English and teacher-training programs. An Intensive English Program is available for non-native speakers of English. Special courses are also available in cooperation with local or international universities, governments and businesses. Some programs focus on the language used in specific disciplines or professions.