Many Indigenous communities and organizations are in negotiations, or are preparing to negotiate, on important issues such as land claims, litigation, self-governance, fiscal arrangements, natural resources, co-management agreements, consultation and business partnerships. You will learn basic foundations in the negotiation process by exploring proven interest-based negotiation terminology and techniques. In addition to improving your understanding of negotiations, this program will also provide additional tools to enhance governance of your organization.
Please note, this introductory program does not count as credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.
What does the program offer?
- Community and organizational interest and position clarification to determine goals for negotiation outcomes
- Understand concepts, terminology and objectives of interest based negotiations
- A community and individual based approach to planning, participation and support in the negotiation process
- How to prepare thoroughly for negotiations
- Best practices for wise decision-making
- Understand the differences between interests and positions
- Get expert advice on how to build strengths as a powerful negotiator
- Improve communication skills with proven techniques to increase clarity and improve outcomes
- Negotiate with a purpose
- Learn interactive problem solving and planning exercises
- Please note: this program prioritizes Indigenous learners, and those working for Indigenous communities and organizations. Note that in the event of high demand for the program, priority may be given to these learners.
Who should register?
- Indigenous leaders and managers mandated to negotiate on behalf of their communities and organizations;
- Government negotiators and policy advisors who want to enhance their understanding of Indigenous negotiations environment and context;
- Private sector parties in negotiation with Indigenous entities and the Crown or municipalities;
- Lawyers, consultants, and advisors to Indigenous communities and governments;
- Indigenous leaders and managers involved in negotiations with funding agencies or other Indigenous organizations;
- Administrative and support staff responsible for preparing and supporting negotiations;
- Institutional and municipal staff;
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 requires you to attend live sessions as well as to do some work on your own outside of these session.
To maximize learning for this program students are required to dedicate approximately 15 hours per week to this program.
- Do prereading (1 hour)
- Participate in four live Zoom sessions
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, each day from 9:30 am – 12:30pm MST (3 hrs x 4 days = 12 hours for the week)
Complete homework outside of class time (approx. 2 hours in total for the program)
Use of Zoom for live sessions.
Electronic workbook for course materials.
Use of Sharepoint for sharing materials.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations only. Past participants of the Negotiation Skills Training program may register again, however will not be eligible for financial aid.
In order to be considered for financial assistance, please ensure that you select "Yes" to 'I would like to apply for financial assistance' during registration, and then 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, in order 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.