Indigenous Relations
Continuing & Professional Education

Certificate
in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations

Devel­oped in cer­e­mo­ny and pre­sent­ed to com­mu­ni­ty Elders and Knowl­edge Keep­ers for input and guidance.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta and Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege (YTC) are pleased to announce a part­ner­ship to joint­ly deliv­er the Fac­ul­ty of Extension’s Indige­nous pro­grams: Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty-Indus­try Rela­tions cer­tifi­cate (ICIR) and Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment cita­tion (ICE).

This agree­ment brings togeth­er the knowl­edge sys­tems of both insti­tu­tions, their exper­tise and wis­dom in their respec­tive teach­ing areas, and their desire to work togeth­er for the pro­vi­sion of con­tin­u­ing education.

A Step Ahead Toward Reconciliation

Since their launch in 2015, our Indige­nous pro­grams have been deeply con­nect­ed to Indige­nous peo­ples, who have con­tributed their exper­tise through course devel­op­ment, deliv­ery, and con­tent knowl­edge. But much has changed in these last five years. 

As the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion of Canada’s Calls to Action brought about recog­ni­tion of Indige­nous peo­ples’ author­i­ty over their ances­tral knowl­edge, the uni­ver­si­ty became increas­ing­ly aware that there is a space for knowl­edge to be shared between our insti­tu­tion and First Nations colleges. 

This new part­ner­ship between UAl­ber­ta and YTC rep­re­sents a step ahead toward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the recog­ni­tion of First Nations sov­er­eign­ty and knowledges.

What Co-Deliv­ery Looks Like

Course reg­is­tra­tion – Begin­ning this fall term, all core and elec­tive cours­es that encom­pass First Nations knowl­edge will be deliv­ered through Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege. Reg­is­tra­tions for Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es will be processed direct­ly through YTC, while busi­ness elec­tives will still be offered and man­aged by the Fac­ul­ty of Extension. 

Cur­rent cer­tifi­cate stu­dents – For those already admit­ted as cer­tifi­cate stu­dents — that is, those who pre­vi­ous­ly had their appli­ca­tion accept­ed to the pro­gram — the pri­ma­ry rela­tion­ship for their pro­gram will still be with the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion. Require­ments for the pro­gram — that is, the cours­es you’ll need to take to com­plete the cer­tifi­cate — will remain unchanged, and you will be able to trans­fer all of your ICIR cours­es between the two insti­tu­tions (UAl­ber­ta and YTC), with no fees charged for trans­fer­ring course credits. 

New appli­cants – New stu­dents apply­ing to ICIR on or after Octo­ber 21, 2020 will be wel­comed into their pro­gram by YTC, which will be their main point of con­tact for any admin­is­tra­tive sup­port they may need. Stu­dents who haven’t applied to the pro­gram but have com­plet­ed one or more Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es at Exten­sion will be able to apply to the cer­tifi­cate through the YTC and trans­fer their cours­es with no fees charged. 

                                                                   

The ICIR pro­gram is out­stand­ing. A real mod­el of what life­long learn­ing can be.

Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty-Indus­try Rela­tions Certificate student

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  • Pay as you go
Earn a Certificate
in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations

Complete all five
All core courses are now offered through Yellowhead Tribal College.

  • Community and Economic Development
  • Environment and Livelihood
  • Indigenous Laws, Lands and Current Industry Government Relations
  • Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness
  • Worldview and History

Complete 100 credit hours of elective options.
Electives below are now offered through Yellowhead Tribal College

  • Current Issues in Indigenous Relations • 21 hrs
  • Indigenous Leadership: from Transaction to Transformation • 21 hrs

This co-deliv­ered pro­gram is open for enrol­ment — apply now with the Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege.

New stu­dents apply­ing to ICIR on or after Octo­ber 21, 2020 will be wel­comed into their pro­gram by YTC, which will be their main point of con­tact for any admin­is­tra­tive sup­port they may need. Stu­dents who haven’t applied to the pro­gram but have com­plet­ed one or more Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es at Exten­sion will be able to apply to the cer­tifi­cate through the YTC and trans­fer their cours­es with no fees charged.

This program is comprised of five required 20-hour courses and 100 hours of a selection of electives. Participants will pursue specific interests through their selection of electives.

Designed for part-time study, the program can generally be completed within two to four years.

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities