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Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards - Online

Indigenous Leadership

Program Information

Leading Teams: Good Governance for Councils and Boards


Indigenous leaders, managers, and directors are faced with increasingly complex issues, accelerated change, and new ways of doing business. They are also finding new and creative ways to move beyond standard corporate models of governance to embrace culturally grounded models of Indigenous governance. 

This program will explore the structure and management of a governing body for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, with particular focus on building solid foundations for Indigenous governance.

Participants will come away with tools to understand their leadership style in order to strengthen governance foundations, facilitate new processes, run more productive meetings, and be more effective decision-makers.

What does the program offer?

  • Principles of governance and wise practices in community development
  • Structures of governance
  • ‘Indigenizing’ corporate systems of governance to make the corporate model work for you
  • Ensuring organizational effectiveness through governance at the board/council level
  • New insights on roles, responsibilities, and performance
  • Strategic planning and management systems
  • Legal and financial responsibilities of governing bodies
  • Emotional intelligence and team effectiveness

Who should register?

  • Chiefs and senior administrators of First Nations, Tribal Councils, Métis Councils, and Inuit and Northern communities
  • 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

Please note, our programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to secure a confirmation of your spot.


This program will primarily entail a combination of live Zoom lectures and sharing of documents via Dropbox. Participants will be expected to attend live sessions and to engage in group and independent work each week.

Approximately 8 – 10 hours per week is required of the student, including:

  • Participating in two 3 hour live sessions per week
  • Engaging in group work
  • Complete shared readings and engage in personal reflective time through a learning journal


What's Included

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Join in online lectures.

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all program materials will be mailed to participants 4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$1 695.00
Program Fee with Financial Aid

Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program. Applicants have to select "Yes" to the apply funding in registration, then fill out our funding form through Student Portal.

Past participants of the Leading Teams: governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards program can register again, however will not be eligible for funding assistance.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and 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

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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. All fees will be refunded. Please note that Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred.

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