Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Indigenous Sport and Recreation

The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate is designed to help working professionals gain a deeper understanding of the cultural context of Indigenous communities through sport and recreation. Offered in partnership between the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of Native Studies the focus of this certificate is to provide professionals with the skills and knowledge to better understand and help build healthy Indigenous communities through sport and recreation.

This certificate is delivered in a blended format with:

*Participation at the one week learning experience will consist of three days of instructional class time followed by attendance at Alberta's premier recreation conference. The dates for 2017 are October 23 - 28 at Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Please see the FAQ section for information on tuition and fees. 

**Limited funding opportunities are available. All applicants are eligible and will be selected based on merit. Please ensure your application is in early to be considered**


  • How do I apply?
    Applications are now being accepted for this program. Space is limited to please secure your spot. Click here to apply.
  • What is the application deadline?
    2017 Application Deadline: September 1, 2017
  • What is the cost?
    Tuition and fees for this Graduate Certificate is approx $5,100 and excludes conference fees, accommodations, meals and transportation for the one week learning experience which students are responsible for.
  • Who is this certificate for?
    This program will be of interest to:

    - Recreation professionals, kinesiologists , exercise specialists

    - Educators, Elementary & Secondary

    - Allied health professionals

    - Physicians, Nurses

    - Law Enforcement Officials

    - Programmers/Program Directors

    - Non-profit sport organizations

  • What skills will I gain?
    Courses will provide an in-depth study on historical and contemporary issues in the areas of health and wellness, recreation management and physical activities as it relates to Indigenous communities. Students will be able to identify and discuss key policies that influence recreation, sport and physical activity programs in Indigenous communities and engage communities. Students will examine potential role of physical activity in the promotion of Indigenous peoples’ holistic health.

    The one week face-to-face learning experience and the ARPA conference will provide an opportunity for students to meet, connect and learn with others in the cohort and share experiences and knowledge. It will also be a chance to be part of the larger ARPA conference where students can make connections with other leaders in recreation and participate in further professional development by attending and participating in the conference.
  • What are the requirements?

    - Eligible students will have an Undergraduate Degree (if you do not meet this requirement, please contact the Manager, Community Education at percertificates@ualberta.ca.)

    - For those students whose first language is not English, the TOEFEL or equivalent will be considered with a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or a total score of 88 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet based). For more information on English Language proficiency, please visit here.

    - A minimum of 2 years related work experience.

    - A current curriculum vitae/resume.

    - A letter of intent.

    - 1 professional letter of reference 

  • What courses will I take?

    Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism

    This introductory course will cover an outline of historical and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples in settler/colonial states. Students will critically understand political, social and historical relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in settler/colonial States. Engagement with Indigenous knowledge and belief frameworks will be central to the course materials. (4 credits)

    Managing Recreation, Sport, and Physical Activity Programs in Indigenous Communities

    In this second course, students will acquire a strong knowledge of management concepts in sport, recreation, and physical activity. Students will gain an understanding of the application of management knowledge in Indigenous communities as well the development of funding models germane to delivering programs in Indigenous communities.
    (4 credits)

    Indigenous Peoples’ Physical Activity

    The third and final course will describe the historical and contemporary roles of physical activity and sport (sport, recreation and leisure practices) in the lives of Indigenous people. Course content will include the potential role of physical activity in the promotion of Indigenous peoples’ holistic health as well as critique the conceptual and theoretical frameworks used to understand and promote physical activity. (4 credits)
  • When do courses begin?

    Courses will begin in September 2017 and applications are now open. Space is limited. Be sure to secure your spot.

    The certificate is offered using a cohort model; students who enroll in the program will complete all three courses and face to face learning experience together and will take the courses in the prescribed order over a 10 month period.

    Please contact the Manager Community Education at percertificates@ualberta.ca to find out when the certificate will be offered.


  • Can I use this certificate for a course-based Master of Arts degree?
    The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate can be laddered into a course-based Master of Arts degree. The successful completion of the course-work from two Freestanding Certificates and a capping project can earn you a Master of Arts degree. The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate can be used as one of the two Freestanding Certificates for the laddered course-based Master of Arts degree.
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
    Th​is​ proposed certificate support​s​ the recommendations of the The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report which speaks directly to sport, education, and leadership. The relevant recommendations are below.

    87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.

    88. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.

    89. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.

    90. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing:

    - In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and    traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.
    - An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.
    - Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.
    - Anti-racism awareness and training programs.

    91. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.