Indigenous Governance and Partnership Program

About the Program

The Indigenous Governance and Partnership Program offers undergraduate, graduate, executive, and community-based programming, including a Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership.

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Building Relationships

The Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership was the first Certificate offered at the University of Alberta. Over the past 13 years, our programming has focused on the theory and practice necessary to explore Indigenous resurgence and revitalization through the lens of Indigenous self-determination. The Certificate centres on developing knowledge while increasing skills suited to the unique governance issues and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples and their non-Indigenous partners. To do so, we have partnered with over 30 organizations where students have completed community service learning capstone projects as part of their programming. 

The IGP program has successfully graduated 81 students and Certificate alumni now apply their knowledge in Indigenous governance and relationship building through positions of leadership for their communities (e.g. chiefs, executives, administrators), governments (Alberta, NWT), and in Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. 

In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, many people from a variety of backgrounds are reaching out to our programming to increase their knowledge and build better relationships between government, industry, and Indigenous communities. To address this need, we have transitioned six courses to blended delivery in order to increase access to programming.

In addition to increasing connections through blended delivery, we continue to strengthen relationships guided by our original mandate to: (1) train undergraduate degree students through the Embedded Certificate, (2) provide alternative learning opportunities through the Stand Alone Certificate, (3) offer graduate level programming specific to governance, social order, and relations with the Canadian state, (4) engage in community-led research, and (5) deliver outreach education.   

Shalene Jobin, PhD

Director, Indigenous Governance and Partnership Program
Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies