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Aboriginal Public Administration

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Learn about government institutions and processes, policies, management and administration in Aboriginal communities and their relations with other communities in northern, rural and urban areas. Develop your management and administrative skills in this exciting and challenging program. Participate in special internship courses and events and engage with the leaders in the field. Understand the role of Indigenous Knowledge in developing culturally appropriate governance systems.

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What is Aboriginal Public Administration?

The Aboriginal Public Administration program prepares students for careers related to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sectors. The program is designed to help students understand the unique governance, administrative, management and policy issues in Aboriginal communities. Our program also looks at the impact current public institutions and processes have on Aboriginal people. We help students understand the dynamic interactions between Aboriginal and non‑Aboriginal governments and communities. Students are exposed to courses that examine a range of important topics such as: public administration and policy; Native studies; Indigenous knowledge; management and policy; national, provincial and local governance.

Aboriginal Public Administration: Is it for you?

  • The U of S is one of the few universities in Canada that has an undergraduate degree in Aboriginal Public Administration. Professors have an excellent reputation in teaching and research.
  • The U of S is strategically located so as to provide students with excellent opportunities to access governmental and non-governmental officials both in the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sectors who can provide them with important insights on various matters related to their research and careers. Many such officials work either in Saskatoon or within driving distance from the city.
  • The Aboriginal Public Administration Program provides opportunities for practical experience through internships both inside and outside the Aboriginal sector. Internships are competitive and students are chosen based on established criteria. Students should inquire about such internships as soon as they enter the program.

Sample Classes

  • POLS 112: Political Ideas and Change in Global Era
    An introduction to political ideas and change in a global era. The course explores themes such as nationalism, ideology, development, democratization, globalization, sovereignty, conflict and human rights.
  • POLS 222: 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 422: Aboriginal Development Strategies
    Examines Aboriginal development strategies in Canada with particular attention to Aboriginal Nations in Saskatchewan. Attention is devoted to cultural, economic and political development. The course examines the various factors that foster or inhibit the various types of development within Aboriginal communities. It is designed to provide students with a an academic basis for analyzing existing development strategies in Aboriginal communities.

Career Opportunities

  • Aboriginal Public Policy Researcher
  • Business Administrator
  • Community Worker
  • Executive Assistant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Aboriginal Services Officer
  • Government Administrator
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Legislative Aide
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Affairs Consultant

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organizational / Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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