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Introductory Establishing Indigenous Institutions of Governance - Online

Program Information

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During this period of rights recognition, Indigenous peoples are implementing self-government as an exercise of self-determination. Establishing strong and appropriate institutions of governance is an essential part of self-government. Nations that establish effective and culturally appropriate institutions are politically and economically more powerful and better equipped to take action to improve the lives of their citizens. There are lessons to be learned from the experiences of Nations that are actively rebuilding and new tools being developed to support nation rebuilding.  In this program, participants will be shown practical ways to help rebuild their own Indigenous institutions of governance based on real world, on the ground experience. 

What does the program offer?

  • How to establish Indigenous institutions of governance
  • Understand effective governance & best practices
  • Processes for developing and adopting governance institutions such as a constitution, laws, regulations, policies, and community plans
  • Institutions for the enforcement of a nation’s laws
  • Ensuring community support for governance reform and institution building
  • Building structures and processes for implementing and operationalizing institutions
  • Creating a professional, independent, and culturally appropriate public service


Who should register?

  • Indigenous leaders, administrators, senior management, negotiators, and planners 
  • Indian, Inuit, and Métis regional or tribal managers and executive directors   
  • Consultants and legal counsel who work closely with Indigenous nations and organizations
  • Provincial and federal policy analysts and negotiators
  • Industry or government officials interested in Indigenous issues of self-government


Please note: this program prioritizes Indigenous learners, and those working within/for Indigenous communities and organizations. In the event of high demand for this program, priority may be given to these learners. Please register early to secure a confirmation of your spot.

This program does not count as credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.


To maximize learning for this program, students are required to dedicate approximately 15 hours during the week to this program.

  • Complete pre-program assignments (approx. 1-2 hours)
  • Participate in four live Zoom sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, each day from 10:00 am – 1:00pm MDT (3 hrs x 4 days = 12 hours for the week)
  • Complete homework outside of class time (approx. 2 hours)


Technical Requirements

  • Online Lectures: Use of Zoom for live sessions
  • Workbook: Learning Journal PDF
  • Use of SharePoint for sharing program resources and materials


What's Included

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Fees & Financial Assistance

$1 195.00

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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