Indigenous Governance and Partnership Program

Executive Education

Indigenous Partnership Development Program

About the Program

Executive Education at the Alberta School of Business, and the Faculty of Native Studies developed the Indigenous Partnership Development Program to help non-Indigenous business and public sector employees work more effectively alongside Indigenous communities with greater understanding. Through each learning experience, we strive to provide a forum for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to discuss key issues and engage in dialogue about the way forward.

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 program combines the insight gained through in-depth communication with industry and Indigenous leaders and research-based findings and leading practice; through participation in the Indigenous Partnership Development Program you will leave with real action plans and a toolkit for your organization.

  • Enhance your understanding of Indigenous histories, societies, and worldviews and learn how it applies today.
  • Understand legal issues, consultation, consent, and the legal rules of engagement.
  • Understand the social and political landscape when developing relationships with Indigenous peoples.
  • Build capacity to better communicate with all stakeholder groups.
  • Understand challenges facing First Nations, how life works on First Nations and how life works for Chiefs.
  • Develop effective negotiation strategies in building business partnerships.
  • Build tools for youth engagement, develop capacity among youth and government services.
  • Develop employment services and understand effective recruitment practices of Indigenous employees.
  • Develop more effective hiring practices for Indigenous employees.

Completed Custom Programming Projects

AltaLink Executive Training (2017)

Delivered 4 half day sessions to leaders about Indigenous peoples (past and present), youth engagement, policy development, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and facilitated applied learning projects.

Indigenous Relations, Government of Alberta (2017)

Facilitated discussion sessions with Indigenous scholars about Indigenous awareness training (IAT). Provided Indigenous Relations with an IAT framework for learning and a summary report.

ICD Forum on Understanding Aboriginal Governance (2018)

Training on Indigenous governance, past to present, and wise practices.


Ministry of Education, Government of Alberta (2019)


Faculty of Native Studies professors Shalene Jobin, James Dempsey, Frank Tough and Matthew Wildcat delivered 3 half day sessions about the academic perspectives on treaties. Presentations covered the following topics: a primer on Indigenous peoples in Alberta, a history of numbered treaties in Canada, the settle period, social, political and economic implications, a contemporary example (the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission), and the meaning of these treaties (with a particular emphasis on Treaty 6, 7 and 8).