Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance illuminates foundational principles of effective and responsible governance. Discover historical and contemporary Indigenous governance models, while reflecting on your own gifts, responsibilities, and entitlements rooted in law and policy. You will work towards imagining and identifying concrete actions you can take to implement in your current positions and in your communities.
Indigenous nations and organizations are at various stages in exercising local sovereignty. The Supreme Court of Canada, in the Van der Peet case, stated that the sovereignty of Indigenous societies must be reconciled with Crown sovereignty. You will come away from the program with an understanding of what a reconciled model of governance would look like after exploring and discussing traditional forms of Indigenous governance, while gaining a fuller understanding of the colonial forms of governance.
Successful self-governance begins with a complete understanding of the constitutional and legal framework regarding the various levels of governments. Learn from Indigenous case studies about implementing their self-government agreements.
What does the program offer?
- Examples of traditional forms and processes of governance
- Examples of traditional political philosophies and world-views
- Transition from traditional governance to legislated governance
- Reconciling traditional and contemporary forms of governance
- A look at sovereignty and inherent right to self-determination
- Understanding of legal frameworks for various levels of governments
- Self-government case study
Who should register?
- 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
- Required for the completion of the Certificate of Excellence
- Complete pre-program assignments if applicable
- (approx. 2 hours)
- Participate in daily sessions, Sunday through Friday, according to the agenda.
- Complete homework outside of class time if applicable (approx. 2 hours)
In person Indigenous Leadership Program Schedule
- Starting Sunday, 5:30pm with Dinner
- Monday to Thursday whole day include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Finishing Friday, 2pm after Lunch
*Schedule is subject to change, more details coming soon.
Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.
Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay. Banff Centre can respond to most dietary requests.
The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to $58 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.
Enjoy free parking, wifi, and access to the Walter Philips Gallery while you are a guest at Banff Centre. Our Participant Resources team is also available to assist you with medical support or event information. See our Events Calendar to learn more about what’s going on at Banff Centre while you’re onsite.
The Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives are located on the 2nd floor of the Kinnear Centre, and provides access to great books, media, and work space.
Limited access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.
Although the doors remain temporarily closed, you can still access a wide range of books, periodicals, recordings and scores through our digital databases available on the digital resources page, and physical items through our curbside pick-up service.
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.
Join in group seminars/workshops.
Learning Journals for course materials.
Fees & Financial Assistance
*Financial assistance is available for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations. Each request is reviewed individually based on submission of the Financial Assistance form available in the Student Portal.
To be considered for financial assistance, please ensure that you select "Yes" to 'I would like to apply for financial assistance' during registration, and 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, 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
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.