“I left this training with new skills to have difficult conversations in environments of polarizing viewpoints and do so with integrity, kindness, and greater self-actualization. This training was truly a gift for better human relations.”
– Melissa, Town of Canmore, (Negotiation Skills Training Alumni)
Many Indigenous communities and organizations are in negotiations, or are preparing to negotiate, on important issues such as land claims, litigation, self-governance, fiscal arrangements, natural resources, co-management agreements, consultation, and business partnerships. You will explore foundational concepts in the negotiation process by exploring proven interest-based negotiation terminology and techniques.
Through experiential learning, case studies, and reflective activities, you will practice your negotiation skills and leave with new strategies to bring to the negotiating table.
This program fulfills the requirements for the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.
What does the program offer?
- Community and organizational interest and position clarification to determine goals for negotiation outcomes
- Understand concepts, terminology, and objectives of interest-based negotiations
- A community- and individual-based approach to planning, participation, and support in the negotiation process
- How to prepare thoroughly for negotiations and navigate results
- Best practices for wise decision-making
- Expert advice on how to build strengths as a powerful negotiator
- Improve communication skills with proven techniques to increase clarity and improve outcomes
- Negotiate with a purpose
- Learn interactive problem solving and planning exercises
- Build your negotiating skills by participating in simulations, role-play, and improvisation
Who should register?
- Indigenous leaders and managers mandated to negotiate on behalf of their communities and organizations.
- Government negotiators and policy advisors who want to enhance their understanding of Indigenous negotiations environment and context.
- Private sector parties in negotiation with Indigenous entities and the Crown or municipalities.
- Lawyers, consultants, and advisors to Indigenous communities and governments.
- Indigenous leaders and managers involved in negotiations with funding agencies or other Indigenous organizations.
- Administrative and support staff responsible for preparing and supporting negotiations.
- Institutional and municipal staff
This program prioritizes Indigenous learners, and those working for Indigenous communities and organizations. Programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to secure a confirmation of your spot.
To maximize learning for this program, students are required to dedicate approximately 40 hours during the week to this program.
- 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
*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.
The Full Flex meal plan includes $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 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.
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.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Up to a maximum of 25 participants per program
Financial assistance is available for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations only.
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.