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Intermediate Project Management for Indigenous Organizations - Online September 2021

This program is currently full and accepting WAITLIST applications only. Please contact if you have any questions.

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 management environment 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, this program explores developing your project management 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. 

Please note, this program does count as credit towards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.


What does this program offer?

This program will explore the theory and process of project management :

  • 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
  • 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?

This program is an ideal fit for those who are responsible for developing, leading, and managing projects in, or with, Indigenous communities and organizations and for those seeking to understand and introduce project management practices into their organization or community. The program will benefit anyone from Indigenous communities, government, industry, not-for-profits, and boards.  While an asset, no previous project management experience is required.

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 is delivered through both an online learning platform hosted by Athabasca University as well as participants attending  synchronous 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 6-10 hours per week to this program to:

  • Watch pre-recorded lectures (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • Participate in two live Zoom sessions
    • Tuesday afternoon - PMIO Content and group work (1.5-2 hours)
    • Thursday afternoon – Centering Indigenous Wisdom to PMIO content through Elders Stories and Knowledge Keepers Teachings (1.5-2 hour)
  • Engage in group work inside of and outside of class time (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • Contribute to online classroom discussion forums (30 minutes per week)


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 21, 2020.
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.
If you experience any technical difficulties with accessing the Athabasca system, please contact
If you encounter technical issues engaging with Zoom or anything else, please contact Ericka Chemko, Program Manager for Banff Centre at

What's Included

Online LecturesRead MoreClose

Use of Zoom for live sessions.

Electronic WorkbookRead MoreClose

Electronic workbook for course materials.

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*
$1 795.00

Full or partial funding may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.  Note that funding for Indigenous Leadership programs are for Indigenous peoples or non-Indigenous peoples working for Indigenous organizations only. In order to be considered, please select "Yes" to apply for funding in the registration form, and then complete the funding form through the Student Portal.

Past participants of the Project Management in Indigenous Organizations 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

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
Learn more.

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.

Contact us

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