Establishing Indigenous Institutions of Governance

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Program Information

Establishing Institutions of Good Governance


As Aboriginal and treaty rights are recognized and affirmed both through the courts and as the outcome of reconciliation activities with the Crown, Aboriginal peoples are implementing self-government as an exercise of self-determination. Establishing strong and appropriate institutions of good governance is essential if Indigenous nations and political organizations are to achieve successful nationhood. Research has shown that implementing Aboriginal jurisdiction without establishing effective, culturally legitimate institutions results in unhealthy communities that remain in poverty.  Nations that establish effective, culturally appropriate institutions are economically more successful and do better.  They are in a much stronger position to take action to improve the lives of their peoples including the ability to revitalize their culture and language. They are less dependent on government transfer payments and became politically and economically more powerful.  Participants will be shown tools to build their own Indigenous institutions of good governance.

What does the program offer?

  • The nature and importance of institutions
  • Institution building for good governance in Aboriginal communities
  • Types of Aboriginal institutions in Canada and their sources of authority
  • Establishing capable Aboriginal institutions that reflect cultural values and legitimacy
  • Understanding how to run institutions of government
  • Processes for developing and adopting a nation’s constitution
  • Processes for developing laws, regulations, policies and community plans
  • Ensuring community support for governance reform and institution building 
  • Structures and processes for implementing and operationalizing institutions 
  • Creating a professional, independent, and culturally appropriate public service 
  • Institutions for the enforcement of a nation’s laws

Who should apply?

  • Aboriginal leaders, administrators, senior management, negotiators and planners 
  • Indian, Inuit, and Métis regional or tribal managers and executive directors   
  • Consultants and legal counsel who work closely with Aboriginal nations and organizations
  • Provincial and federal policy analysts and negotiators
  • Industry or government officials interested in Aboriginal issues of self-government



What's Included

AccommodationRead MoreClose

All Leadership participants who choose the Accommodation and Meal Package are provided private rooms with ensuite washrooms in one of our two onsite hotels, the Professional Development Centre or Lloyd Hall. Room upgrades may be available upon request at an additional cost.

Meal PlanRead MoreClose

If you choose the Accommodation and Meal Package, all of your meals from the start to the end of your program are included; most of your meals will be at Vistas Dining Room, but there may be some special dining events scheduled as well. Please also feel free to visit the Maclab BistroLe CaféThree Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, but note that these outlets are not included in your meal plan, and thus will be at additional cost.

Banff Centre AmenitiesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

LibraryRead MoreClose

The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives are located on the 2nd floor of the Kinnear Centre, and provides access to great books, media, and work space.

Fitness and RecreationRead MoreClose

The Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre is located in the lower floor of the Sally Borden Building, and provides all guests with access to our swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, climbing gym, fitness centre, spin studio, and gymnasium. Massage and physiotherapy appointments may also be booked ahead of time.

Fees & Financial Assistance

$2 300.00
Meals and Accommodation
$1 310.00

The above fees do not include applicable taxes, such as GST, the Alberta Tourism Levy, and the Tourism Improvement Fee as needed.


Group Savings

Enroll four members of your organization or community in a program and your fifth member will receive a free tuition. Special restrictions may apply. 


Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.

Funding opportunities Call our toll-free number for more details at 1.888.255.6327

How to Apply

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