Indigenous Relations
Continuing & Professional Education

in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations

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

this pro­gram con­tin­ues to be guid­ed by an advi­so­ry board—com­prised of an Elder and stake­hold­ers from com­mu­ni­ty, cor­po­rate sec­tor, and relat­ed asso­ci­a­tions—who pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions on cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment, rel­e­vance, and quality

This cer­tifi­cate is designed as a cat­a­lyst for com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment between Indige­nous peo­ple, indus­try, and gov­ern­ment in rela­tion to issues of social and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment as well as the environment.

Lessons build upon Indige­nous cul­ture and world­views as they per­tain to legal process­es, com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment, and the envi­ron­ment. Dur­ing core (required) cours­es, learn­ers will par­tic­i­pate in Indige­nous tra­di­tions and teach­ings that will direct­ly impact their under­stand­ing of Indige­nous world­views. A diverse offer­ing of elec­tives pro­vides learn­ers with skills in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, change man­age­ment, strate­gic plan­ning, and finan­cial management.

This pro­gram will be of val­ue to any­one who is inter­est­ed in or respon­si­ble for rela­tion­ship build­ing and engage­ment with First Nations, Métis, and Inu­it peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly those in gov­ern­ment, indus­try, edu­ca­tion, health­care, jus­tice, law enforce­ment, and chil­dren’s services.

Employ­ers: sub­si­dize your employ­ee train­ing costs with the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.


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

Indige­nous Com­mu­ni­ty-Indus­try Rela­tions Certificate student

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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 2 years
  • Pay as you go
Earn a Certificate
in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

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8+ courses needed to graduate with a UAlberta Certificate and become a UAlberta Associate Alumni.

You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

If you or your com­pa­ny are mem­bers of Cir­cle For Abo­rig­i­nal Rela­tions (CFAR), the admis­sion appli­ca­tion fee into this pro­gram will be waived. Please iden­ti­fy on the form admis­sion form that you or your com­pa­ny are mem­bers (this will be verified)

This program is comprised of five required 20-hour courses and 100 hours of a selection of electives available from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. 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.

Materials and textbooks are not included in course fees; expect to spend an average of $100 per course.

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
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