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Introductory Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards - Online

Indigenous Leadership

Program Information

Leading Teams: Good Governance for Councils and Boards


This introductory online program explores new and creative ways to move beyond standard Western models of governance to embrace culturally grounded models of Indigenous governance. Learn the principles of good governance while understanding how they can be incorporated into the teams you work with.

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

What does the program offer?

  • Principles of good governance and wise practices in community development and nation building
  • Building on traditional Indigenous structures of governance
  • ‘Indigenizing’ corporate systems of governance to make the corporate models work for you
  • Ensuring organizational effectiveness through good governance at the board/council level
  • New insights on roles, responsibilities, and performance

Who should register?

  • Elected Officials and senior administrators of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, councils, and boards
  • Indigenous economic and social development agencies
  • Legal entities for Indigenous profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Managers and administrators of service delivery agencies and organizations
  • Indigenous arts and culture organizations
  • Urban Indigenous organizations

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.


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

To maximize learning for this program, students are required to dedicate approximately 22 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 – 2:00pm MDT (4 hrs x 4 days = 16 hours for the week)
  • Complete homework outside of class time (approx. 4 hours)


Technical Requirements

  • Access to stable a wifi connection and computer with working audio.
  • Online Lectures: Use of Zoom for live sessions (may require head phones and video camera based on your preference)
  • Workbook: Learning Journal PDF
  • Use of SharePoint for sharing program resources and materials

What's Included

Online LecturesRead MoreClose

Join in online lectures

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Electronic workbook for course materials.

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Join in group seminars/workshops.

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i.e. discussion boards and online resources

Fees & Financial Assistance

$1 195.00

*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.

Participants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.

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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