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Introductory Wise Practices in Indigenous Leadership - Online November 2021

This program is currently full and accepting WAITLIST applications only. Please contact LeadershipAdmissions@banffcentre.ca if you have any questions.

Program Information


This program re(k)news our relationship to leading with wise practices at this time of great change for humanity. We will activate community wisdom in action through case studies from our local, to global interspace, deepening critical skills, gifts, and visioning leaders need to thrive – living wholistically into responsibilities, while re-storying loss with inherent wellbeing and abundance.
Participants will have the opportunity to bring the Wise Practice Indigenous leadership model to life in their roles and organizations while taking a personal and professional leadership journey. This program will create a space to regenerate and vision while deepening roots of identity, knowledge, and cultural values within each person’s authentic leadership style. The program will move from theory and practice into action with the guidance of Elders, land based learning, hands-on case studies, culture, arts, and community dialogue.   
Wise Practices in Indigenous Leadership will provide an opportunity to centre, strengthen, and balance cultural and contemporary leadership competencies. Participants will create a strategic focus through a Wise Practice pathway plan to overcome leadership challenges and actualize personal, organizational, and community goals.  


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

What does the program offer?

  • Wise Practice Indigenous leadership model, research, and case studies in practice 
  • Centering Indigenous wisdom and leadership concepts in practice
  • Deep Listening and Story Telling
  • Land based learning
  • Transformational change: cultural illuminance and living systems thinking 
  • Relational leadership: collaboration and partnerships
  • Transformational, value-based leadership
  • Wisdom, change leadership and spherical intelligence


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

Who should register?

  • Indigenous leaders, administrators, and service providers 
  • Indigenous artists, change makers, and visionaries
  • Senior management and personnel working with or within Indigenous organizations 

Please note, our programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to secure a confirmation of your spot.


This program requires you to attend live sessions as well as to do some work on your own outside of these sessions.


To maximize learning for this program students are required to dedicate approximately 24 hours per week to this program.

  • Do prereading (8 hours)
  • Participate in four live Zoom sessions
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, each day from 10:00 am – 2:00pm MST (4 hrs x 4 days = 16 hours in class time for the week)

Complete homework outside of class time (approx. 8 hours over the course of the program)



Technical Requirements

Participant Technical Requirements

- Electronic learning journal (Electronic Textbook)

What's Included

Online LecturesRead MoreClose

Join in online lectures

Electronic WorkbookRead MoreClose

Electronic workbook for course materials.

Group Seminars/WorkshopsRead MoreClose

Join in group seminars/workshops.

Asynchronous Learning Read MoreClose

i.e. discussion boards and online resources

Fees & Financial Assistance

$1 195.00

Full or partial funding may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.  Note that funding for Indigenous Leadership programs are for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations only. In order to be considered, please select "Yes" to apply for funding in the registration form, and then complete the funding form through the Student Portal.

Past participants of the Wise Practices in Indigenous Leadership program can register again, however will not be eligible for funding assistance.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and 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.
Learn more.

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. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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