Indigenous Community-Industry Relations

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The University of Alberta’s Indigenous Community-Industry Relations certificate is designed as a catalyst for community engagement between Indigenous people, industry, and government in relation to issues of social and economic development as well as the environment.

Developed in ceremony and presented to community Elders and Knowledge Keepers for input and guidance, this program continues to be guided by an advisory board—comprised of an Elder and stakeholders from community, corporate sector, and related associations—who provide recommendations on curriculum development, relevance, and quality.

Lessons build upon Indigenous culture and worldviews as they pertain to legal processes, community development, and the environment. During core (required) courses, learners will participate in Indigenous traditions and teachings that will directly impact their understanding of Indigenous worldviews. A diverse offering of electives provides learners with skills in communication, change management, strategic planning, and financial management.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

8-10 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton and land-based sites.


2-4 years of part-time study.


This program will be of value to anyone who is interested in or responsible for relationship building and engagement with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, particularly those in government, industry, education, healthcare, justice, law enforcement, and children's services..

Program Plan

This program is comprised of five required 20-hour courses and 100 hours of a selection of electives available from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. Participants will pursue specific interests through their selection of electives. 

Designed for part-time study, the program can generally be completed within two to four years.


  • Core courses (5)

    Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order.

    Worldview and History
    Indigenous Laws, Lands and Current Industry Government Relations
    Environment and Livelihood
    Community and Economic Development
    Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness

  • Elective courses (100 hours)

    Electives can be taken at any time during the program, provided that the appropriate prerequisites have been met.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to obtain the certificate. You may apply for admission as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses.

We are open to students with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Our expectation is that you have a commitment to learn and achieve your continuing education goals.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form.
  2. Submit your completed application, along with a $100 admission fee.
    Effective July 1, 2018 if you or your company are members of Circle For Aboriginal Relations (CFAR), the admission application fee into this program will be waived. Please identify on the form admission form that you or your company are members (this will be verified).

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Materials and textbooks are not included in course fees; expect to spend an average of $100 per course.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Employers: subsidize your employee training costs with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Most core courses are delivered in land-based sites; electives are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

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    Elective courses


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