February 14 - February 19, 2016

Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance

Program Information

Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance


Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 an Aboriginal case study — implementing their self-government agreement.

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
  • Understanding of legal frameworks for various levels of governments
  • Self-government case study

Who should register?

  • Indigenous leaders, administrators, 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

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What's Included


All Lougheed Leadership participants 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 Plan

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 Amenities

Enjoy free parking, wifi, and access to the Walter Philips Gallery while you are a guest at The Banff Centre. Our Community Services 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 The Banff Centre while you’re onsite.


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 Recreation

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