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Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance - Online

Indigenous Leadership

Program Information


This online offering of the Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance Program will illuminate foundational principles of effective and responsible governance. Together we will explore the relationships that animate Indigenous governance (historical and contemporary), our resources for revitalizing and creating new governance processes, the possibilities and challenges of rights recognition and implementation, and various pathways to Indigenous resurgence within the current legal and political context. Participants will reflect on their own gifts, responsibilities and entitlements rooted in law and policy with an aim towards imagining and identifying concrete actions they can implement in their current positions.

Please note, this introductory program does not count as credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.

What does the program offer?

  • Examples of traditional forms and processes of governance
  • Examples of traditional political philosophies and world-view
  • Transition from traditional governance to legislated governance
  • Reconciling traditional and contemporary forms of governance
  • A look at sovereignty and inherent right to self-determination
  • Self-government case study


Who should apply?

  • Indigenous leaders, administrators, and senior management
  • First Nations, Inuit, and Métis regional or tribal executive directors
  • Consultants and legal counsel who work closely with Indigenous nations and organizations
  • Provincial and federal policy analysts and negotiators

Please note: this program prioritizes Indigenous learners, and those working with Indigenous communities and organizations.  Note that in the event of high demand for the program, priority may be given to these learners.


To maximize learning for this program students are required to dedicate approximately 18 hours per week to this program. This includes:

  • Watch pre-recorded lectures (approximately 1.5hrs/day)
  • Participate in four live Zoom sessions - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, each day from 10:00am - 1:00pm MST (3 hrs x 4 days = 12 hours for the week)
  • Complete Homework outside of class time (approximately 0.5hrs/day)


Your completion of this work will be reflected in receiving a certificate for the program, which counts towards the smaller certificate. This Introductory program does not provide a credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence.


Technical Requirements

  • Zoom for live sessions
  • Access to class Sharepoint folder for accessing and and sharing materials


What's Included

Online LecturesRead MoreClose

Use of Zoom for live sessions.

Electronic WorkbookRead MoreClose

Electronic workbook for course materials

Group Seminars/Workshops/ProjectsRead MoreClose

Use of Dropbox for sharing materials.

Fees & Financial Assistance

$1 195.00

Financial assistance is available for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations only. Past participants of the Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance program may register again, however will not be eligible for financial aid.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, please ensure that you select "Yes" to 'I would like to apply for financial assistance' during registration, and then log into your Student Portal to complete your funding application form within 48 hours of submitting your initial registration.  We strongly recommend timely submission of the funding form, in order to be considered. Note that we reserve the right to cancel registrants who select 'No' to financial assistance if payment and confirmation of attendance is not received within 7 days of  registration.  

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and all financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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If you have requested financial assistance,please ensure that you log in to your Student Portal within 48 hours of registration, to submit your funding request form.

If you do not require financial assistance, please ensure that you log in to your Student Portal and complete confirmation of attendance and full payment as soon as possible, but no later than 7 days from completing step 1.

Note that non-completion within the timelines stated may result in your place being offered to the waitlist.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to seven days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment, and in this case all fees will be refunded. Please note that Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred.

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