Indigenous Partnership Development Program

Developed in partnership with the Faculty of Native Studies, the Indigenous Partnership Development Program (IPDP) helps non-Indigenous business and public-sector employees work more effectively alongside Indigenous communities with greater understanding.

This program aims to strengthen coalitions within Alberta and beyond by creating a space wherein all parties can hear each other, and establish a shared knowledge of history and vision for the future. Through success in these objectives, this program will be transformational in creating positive change within our province.

Program Highlights

The IPDP combines the insight gained through in-depth communication with industry and Indigenous leaders and research-based findings and leading practice. Through participation in the IPDP, you will leave with real action plans and a toolkit for your organization.

  • Identify the histories and worldviews of Indigenous communities and how it applies today.
  • Understand legal issues, consultation, consent and the legal rules of engagement.
  • Interpret the social and political landscape when developing relationships with Indigenous peoples under the framework of UNDRIP and TRC.
  • Build skills to better communicate with all stakeholder groups.
  • Recognize challenges facing First Nations, and how life works for Chiefs.
  • Develop effective strategies for building business partnerships.
  • Construct strategies for youth engagement and developing community capacity.

Program Schedule

Module 1 (PM)
Feb 21, 2019
Module 1
Feb 22, 2019
Module 2
Mar 15, 2019
Module 3
Apr 5, 2019
  Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony
  Indigenous Worldviews

Successful Project Case Study:

Indigenous Economic & Community Development

Relationships & Reciprocity

Opening Ceremony & Welcome

Indigenous Past & Present Relationship Building under the framework of UNDRIP & TRC Group Presentations
Blanket Exercise Indigenous Economic & Governance History TRC & Youth Engagement

Partnership Panels:

Building Impactful Relationships

Welcome Dinner Group Projects Graduation Ceremony

Who Should Attend?

Leaders who endeavour to build more effective partnerships between Indigenous businesses and communities.


JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Dr. Shalene Jobin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Senate of Canada,Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Randy Moore ICD.D, VP, Strategic Development and Aboriginal Relations, Bee Clean; Co-Chair, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Lorne J. Ternes, Hearing Commissioner, Alberta Energy Regulator

Dr. Marvin Washington, Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta