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Devel­oped in cer­e­mo­ny and pre­sent­ed to com­mu­ni­ty Elders and Knowl­edge Keep­ers for input and guidance.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta and Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege (YTC) are pleased to announce a part­ner­ship to joint­ly deliv­er the Fac­ul­ty of Extension’s Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty-Indus­try Rela­tions cer­tifi­cate program.

This agree­ment brings togeth­er the knowl­edge sys­tems of both insti­tu­tions, their exper­tise and wis­dom in their respec­tive teach­ing areas, and their desire to work togeth­er for the pro­vi­sion of con­tin­u­ing education.

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A Step Ahead Toward Reconciliation

Since their launch in 2015, our Indige­nous pro­grams have been deeply con­nect­ed to Indige­nous peo­ples, who have con­tributed their exper­tise through course devel­op­ment, deliv­ery, and con­tent knowl­edge. But much has changed in these last five years. 

As the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion of Canada’s Calls to Action brought about recog­ni­tion of Indige­nous peo­ples’ author­i­ty over their ances­tral knowl­edge, the uni­ver­si­ty became increas­ing­ly aware that there is a space for knowl­edge to be shared between our insti­tu­tion and First Nations colleges. 

This new part­ner­ship between UAl­ber­ta and YTC rep­re­sents a step ahead toward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the recog­ni­tion of First Nations sov­er­eign­ty and knowledges.

What Co-Deliv­ery Looks Like

Course reg­is­tra­tion – Begin­ning Fall 2020, all core and elec­tive cours­es that encom­pass First Nations knowl­edge will be deliv­ered through Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege. Reg­is­tra­tions for Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es will be processed direct­ly through YTC, while busi­ness elec­tives will still be offered and man­aged by the Fac­ul­ty of Extension. 

For stu­dents admit­ted pri­or to Octo­ber 2020 – For stu­dents admit­ted to the pro­gram pri­or to Octo­ber 21, 2021, the pri­ma­ry rela­tion­ship for their pro­gram will still be with the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion. Require­ments for the pro­gram — that is, the cours­es you’ll need to take to com­plete the cer­tifi­cate — will remain unchanged, and you will be able to trans­fer all of your ICIR cours­es between the two insti­tu­tions (UAl­ber­ta and YTC), with no fees charged for trans­fer­ring course credits. 

New appli­cants – New stu­dents apply­ing to ICIR on or after Octo­ber 21, 2020 will be wel­comed into their pro­gram by YTC, which will be their main point of con­tact for any admin­is­tra­tive sup­port they may need. Stu­dents who haven’t applied to the pro­gram but have com­plet­ed one or more Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es at Exten­sion will be able to apply to the cer­tifi­cate through the YTC and trans­fer their cours­es with no fees charged. 

                                                                                                                                       

The ICIR pro­gram is out­stand­ing. A real mod­el of what life­long learn­ing can be.

Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty-Indus­try Rela­tions Certificate student

Earn a Certificate
in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations
  • Pay as you go

Complete all five
All core courses are now offered through Yellowhead Tribal College.

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

Complete 100 credit hours of elective options.
Electives below are now offered through Yellowhead Tribal College

  • Current Issues in Indigenous Relations • 21 hrs
  • Indigenous Leadership: from Transaction to Transformation • 21 hrs

This co-deliv­ered pro­gram is open for enrol­ment — apply now with the Yel­low­head Trib­al Col­lege.

New stu­dents apply­ing to ICIR on or after Octo­ber 21, 2020 will be wel­comed into their pro­gram by YTC, which will be their main point of con­tact for any admin­is­tra­tive sup­port they may need. Stu­dents who haven’t applied to the pro­gram but have com­plet­ed one or more Indige­nous-con­tent cours­es at Exten­sion will be able to apply to the cer­tifi­cate through the YTC and trans­fer their cours­es with no fees charged.

This program is comprised of five required 20-hour courses and 100 hours of a selection of electives. 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.

Applying for Graduation

Submit your request to graduate to obtain your credential, receive a parchment, and (optionally) attend the graduation ceremony. Apply for graduation between November 1 and February 1 via Bear Tracks.

  • If you haven’t previously completed a program application, you must do so in order to qualify for graduation.
  • You must apply for graduation even if you do not plan to attend the ceremony.