Indigenous Program Model: Sacred Circle of Life

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Indigenous Leadership programs at Banff Centre

Our programs 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.

Our programming model is in the form of the sacred circle of life. The core series of programs (Indigenous Strategic Planning, Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance, and Establishing Indigenous Institutions of Governance) first explores the underpinnings and the route to local sovereignty; then determines how to establish effective institutions that reflect the best of traditional and contemporary ways; and finally provides direction on realizing the dream through strategic planning, implementation, and measurement. 

Within the additional programs that fill out the remainder of the model’s outer ring, each provides a different set of capacity-building skills and knowledge that are aligned with the building of strong and viable nations and organizations. The inner circles reflect the values and various facets of personal professional development within an Indigenous paradigm.