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Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance

After completing the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate you will have the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of land governance. This program provides a background in governance, management, administration and political science as they relate to Aboriginal communities. 


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Admission Information

Completion of the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate is required. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.

To apply, select "Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance" as your application type on the online application.

Prior completion of the following can be used to meet 15 credit units of the restricted electives and 3 credit units of the open elective requirements:

  • The Professional Lands Management Certificate Program from the National Aboriginal Land Manager’s Association
  • The Accredited Certificate Program in First Nation Applied Economics from the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics

Please contact the College of Agriculture and Bioresources for more information on block transfer credit.

Telephone: (306) 978-8556 or (306) 966-4041
Fax: (306) 978-8551

Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance: Is it for you?

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program had historically been designed for those already working as land managers, but the vision and direction for this program has broadened based on consultation with Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal land managers, Aboriginal land and economic development staff, Aboriginal leadership and staff, urban and rural Aboriginal youth, federal and provincial government staff and individuals interested in working with Aboriginal communities will benefit from this program, which has a strong focus on experiential learning.

This diploma is entirely offered through a combination of on-line and condensed (i.e., one-week) delivery courses, although students may also opt to take face-to-face courses. Students enrolling in the diploma would normally complete the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate before enrolling in the diploma. Transfer credit may also be given for the Professional Lands Management Certificate Program from the National Aboriginal Land Manager’s Association. Please contact the College of Agriculture & Bioresources for more information.

Sample Classes

ASKI 101.3 Field Studies in the Environment

This course introduces students to environmental science with emphasis on sustainable development of land, water and forests. Students will become familiar with the basic components of soil and will be able to recognize factors affecting productivity and land value as well as important environmental issues associated with managing a large land base. The basic components of surface and subsurface water will be investigated with the view of understanding and protecting both water quality and quantity. Students will gain an appreciation of the forest environment by investigating principles of forest ecology and sustainable forest management. Emphasis will be placed on methods of gathering information in addition to laboratory exercises and field trips.

INDG 264.3 Aboriginal People and Canadian Politics

An analysis of contemporary Canadian political and administrative processes as they affect Indigenous Peoples. Emphasis will be placed on the Federal system of government and its effects on Indigenous identity, community programs and local autonomy.

POLS 222.3 Aboriginal Governance and Politics

An analysis of existing and emerging systems of Aboriginal governance and politics at the local, regional, provincial and national levels in Canada.

POLS 322.3 Aboriginal Management and Administrative Systems

An examination of current and emerging systems of management and administration at the local, regional, provincial and national levels within the Aboriginal sector in Canada.

POLS 323.3 Aboriginal Policies and Programs

An examination of government policies and programs within the Aboriginal sector in Canada, including those established by the federal and provincial governments as well as those developed by Aboriginal communities themselves.

Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance

The Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance offers a broad foundation in governance, management, administration and political science as they relate to Aboriginal communities. This diploma prepares students for governance roles in their communities as well as leadership roles in local, provincial and national settings. With a strong focus on experiential learning, this diploma will provide you with the skills required for future employment as land managers with a foundation of scientific and traditional knowledge that is required for research and decision-making. 

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