Indigenous Leadership

Join an intergenerational legacy of strong community leaders

Indigenous Leadership programs at Banff Centre provide leaders an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to establish a strategic direction for their communities and organizations, implement that plan through focused effort, and measure performance.  

Leaders also learn the knowledge and skills necessary to run effective organizations and build communities with sustainable economies. With investment in their professional development, community leaders will have additional knowledge and tools to achieve incredible change and growth.

Please subscribe to our Indigenous Leadership newsletter to keep informed on upcoming programs, dates, and news within our community.

An update on our offerings

We are thrilled to be offerings many programs towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence. Please review our upcoming Indigenous Leadership offerings to see what programs are available!

View our 2023-24 Program Brochure.

As we work towards rebuilding our Intermediate offerings, you will notice reduced online offerings. If there is a specific program you are interested in attending, please email us at and we can add you to a contact list to be notified when the program becomes available.

Featured Programs

Custom Programs

*Please note that Banff Centre is not currently in a position to offer customized programs for online or in-person programming.

We are looking forward to the day where we can offer this programming again. Until then, please stay tuned by subscribing to our e-newsletter for Indigenous Leadership, and if you would like to be notified when we are able to offer custom programming again, please email us at

Our core programs can be customized to meet the needs of your organization or community. Ongoing applied research, experienced facilitators, and innovative experiential approaches combine to deliver sustainable and positive impacts. We can also customize specific modules of programs to meet your two- to four-day development needs.

Programming is designed to enhance the capabilities of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit leaders and managers, and reflect a clear understanding of Indigenous leadership issues. We assist Indigenous nations and organizations in building capable governing bodies that are compatible with their cultures and traditions.

Applied Research

We can supply the resources and expertise to work with Indigenous communities and organizations on specific challenges through an applied research project. Applied research takes theoretical and/or abstract knowledge and applies it to a specific challenge for the community. The community plays a significant role in applied research in that it partners in the project and also takes an active part in the exploration and dialogue toward a creative and innovative solution.

Indigenous Leadership Stories

Banff Centre’s Indigenous leadership programs I have attended have inspired me to be a leader who is open and willing to learn. It has created a space where I feel valued, respected, and like I belong.

Jerri-Lynn, Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards, 2019

Contact Us

For questions about the department and what we offer, please contact: 


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107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 43
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada