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Intermediate Project Management for Indigenous Organizations - Online Fall 2023

Indigenous Leadership | Online

Program Information

Photo of 3 students of the Banff Centre Project Management Course Participating in a team building activity.


Project management is a results-oriented process designed to support organizations, institutions, and communities. Understanding, proposing, and establishing a professional project managementenvironment 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 the best-practices aspects of project management, you will develop your knowledge and skills in the context of Indigenous Wise Practices. Learn to effectively lead projects to deliver the expected outcomes, on scope, on time, and on budget. 

What does this program offer?

This program unpack the theory and process of project management, by:

  • Exploring what is project management and why is it 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
  • Seeking to understand and introduce project management practices into their organization or community
  • From Indigenous communities, government, industry, not-for-profits, and boards
  • While an asset, no previous project management experience is required.

Earn your Certificate

The Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence is awarded to individuals who recognize the importance of continuing education and have successfully completed a total of seven programs. The programs are strategically focused on building your capacity to assist your community and organization to successfully move forward into the era of self-determination and successful community economic development. All Intermediate offerings are counted towards the certificate, while Introductory programs do not. Learn more about what courses you require in order to achieve your certificate, here.


This program fullfils Wise Practice Element 6: Performance Evaluation.


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.


This program is delivered through both an online learning platform hosted by Athabasca University as well as participants attending live 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
  • Tuesday afternoon - PMIO Content and group work
  • (2 hours)
  • Thursday afternoon – Centering Indigenous Wisdom to PMIO content through Elders Stories and Knowledge Keepers 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.


Technical Requirements

Participant Technical Requirements

Participants will be working primarily through two online tools – the Athabasca program portal and Zoom. For the best experience in Project Management for Indigenous Organizations, we recommend the following:

  • Internet Connection, preferably high-speed ADSL, Cable or similar.
  • Online classes are offered using Zoom
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Web Camera and Microphone
  • Software that is able to read Excel documents.

To access Project Management for Indigenous Organizations, your will be using the Brightspace by D2L Platform. After you register through Athabasca, you will be sent an e-mail link with login instructions and will be prompted to reset your password. The course will be available to view on September 16, 2022.
The Brightspace Learning Environment is compatible with the following devices:

Desktop Computers

Brightspace Learning Environment is supported on the following desktop platforms with the latest browser versions:

Platform             Apple® Safari®  Google®Chrome™  Microsoft®Edge  Mozilla®Firefox®

Apple® Mac OS®            Yes                     Yes                            Yes                     Yes

Microsoft® Windows®   No                      Yes                            Yes                     Yes

Tablets and Mobile Devices

Brightspace Learning Environment is supported on the following tablets and mobile devices with the latest browser versions:

Platform             Apple® Safari®  Google®Chrome™  Microsoft®Edge  Mozilla®Firefox®

Apple®iOS® (iPhone®/iPad®)   

                                        Yes                          No                             No                      No

Android™OS (Android phones/tablets) 

                                        No                           Yes                            No                      No

You can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play or in the Apple App Store.

What's Included

Online LecturesRead MoreClose

Use of Zoom for live sessions.

Electronic Learning JournalRead MoreClose

Electronic learning journal for course materials.

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Group Seminars /Workshops/ProjectsRead MoreClose

Join in group seminars/workshops.

Asynchronous learning Read MoreClose

i.e. discussion boards and online resources.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
$1 885.00

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

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

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.

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