Project management is a results-oriented process designed to support organizations, institutions, and communities. Understanding, proposing, and establishing a professional project management environment is a critical component to program and project funding and development. This program helps translate the language of project management into the systems of Indigenous wisdom.
Adopting standardized project management techniques and tools increases the capacity to ensure successful projects from ideation to implementation. Beyond best practices, this program explores developing your project management knowledge and skills in the context of Indigenous Wise Practices, where attendees will learn to effectively lead projects to deliver the expected outcomes on scope, time, and on budget.
This program fulfills requirements for credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.
What does this program offer?
This program will explore the theory and process of project management through:
- Exploring what project management is and why it is important
- Defining Wise Practices and applying them to project management
- Building the foundations to revitalize Wise Practices back into your communities
- Understanding the life cycle of a project and the work required of project managers in each phase of a project
- Project management fundamentals, processes, techniques, and tools
- The Triple Constraint model
- Project management planning techniques through a practical business case exercise and note individual reflections on this exercise
- Change Management and Performance Management
Who should register?
This program is an ideal fit for those who are responsible for developing, leading, and managing projects in, or with, Indigenous communities and organizations and for those seeking to understand and introduce project management practices into their organization or community. The program will benefit anyone from Indigenous communities, government, industry, not-for-profits, and boards. While an asset, no previous project management experience is required.
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.
For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures
This program is delivered through both an online learning platform hosted by Athabasca University as well as participants attending synchronous class video calls. Participants are expected to work through the online content, attend the class calls, engage in the discussion forums, and collaborate in the group work.
For 6 weeks, participants should expect to dedicate approximately 8 - 10 hours per week to:
- Watch pre-recorded lectures (approximately 1-2 hours per week)
- Participate in two live Zoom sessions per week:
- Tuesday afternoons - PMIO content and group work (2 hours)
- Thursday afternoons – Centering Indigenous Wisdom to PMIO content through Elder's Stories and Knowledge Keeper's Teachings (2 hours)
- Engage in group work inside of and outside of class time (approximately 2+ hours per week)
- Contribute to online classroom discussion forums (30 minutes per week)
This course requires time and commitment to be successful in its completion.
Use of Zoom for live sessions.
Electronic learning journal for course materials.
Join in group seminars/workshops.
i.e. discussion boards and online resources.
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 30 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.