The Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership is administered by the Faculty of Native Studies and is available to students:
- in undergraduate degree programs across the University, regardless of Faculty or program; or
- as a University credit certificate only.
This certificate provides students with the necessary understanding and skills to effectively lead, work, or partner with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, communities, organizations, or governments. The program of study centers on developing knowledge while increasing analytical and applied skills suited to the unique governance issues and opportunities facing Aboriginal peoples and their non-Aboriginal partners today. The curriculum features theory and practice for negotiations and partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal entities, including best practices for successful partnership, leadership, government, management, administration, and business growth for First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations, and their non-Aboriginal counterparts.
The Aboriginal Governance and Partnership Program received UofA Blended Learning Awards (2016 and 2017) to enrich the delivery of select Governance courses:
- to enhance student engagement with the course content and overall AGP certificate learning experience, and
- to create a cohesive blended delivery strategy for the AGP certificate, which will have an additional online activities offering for the stand alone certificate.
As our Certificate programming emphasizes both theoretical and applied skill development, we find that the blended learning approach is a pragmatic format that prepares our students for public service, industry, and community work environments.
With pre and post class activities, guided by clear learning objectives, students engage with the material through their respective learning styles and arrive to class prepared to engage, facilitate, and negotiate concepts with their peers, not unlike the professional partnership scenarios our students face after graduating our program - such as asserting policy recommendations, land claim negotiations, and passing laws for community governance structures.
For more information on the University's approach to blended learning, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning.