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Ways of Indigenous Leadership and Learning (Advanced Certificate)

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Total Credits: 24
Credential: Advanced Certificate in Ways of Leadership and Learning
Program Code:         WILL.ACERT
CIP: 05.9999


Students in the Advanced Certificate in Ways of Indigenous Leadership & Learning (WILL) program learn to integrate Indigenous cultural norms, approaches and ways of being and doing into their leadership of communities, organizations or agencies.  Through blended learning, and a unique “across the waters” approach, which includes land-based, online and experiential learning, students gain perspectives and skills within an interNational learning community made up of Indigenous learners and teachers in Canada, and with interNational partners across the globe. The approaches, strategies and capacities acquired in WILL prepare working or emerging professionals, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to be successful in their positions of leadership.  WILL highlights how connections with the natural world can support personal, community and organizational Indigenous self-determination.

The WILL program empowers leaders, through a strength-based approach, to address internal capacity, growth, and development, and help ensure that organizations are accountable to their organizational mandate and goals. Graduates will be prepared to support and enable Indigenous self-determination and development and lead change across public and private sectors.


One of:

And all of:

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution; and,
  • Any accredited Indigenous studies or Indigenous language course from a recognized post-secondary institution


  • Special Permission
    • Applicants seeking approval for admissions will be expected to demonstrate through an interview with the IECC Executive Director or designate: 
      • A minimum of 2 years formal leadership experience in an Indigenous community, organization or movement; and 

        Knowledge of history, policy and social structures and practices that impact Indigenous peoples.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Critically examine core principles, values and practices of relational Indigenous leadership.
  • Demonstrate a lived practice of relationship with the natural world, and analyse and describe how such practice provides the foundation for Indigenous self-determination.
  • Integrate Indigenous knowledges and cultural teachings into their leadership philosophies and practices.
  • Demonstrate trauma informed relational leadership practices.
  • Demonstrate effective use of culturally appropriate strategies to address the complex socio-cultural dynamics related to Indigenous leadership and create Indigenous related change in organizations.


Year One

Academic Term One

Academic Term Two

Academic Term Three

Year Two

Program Participation Requirements

  • Students must have the ability to travel internationally. They are responsible for travel costs and will need a passport and/or visa, and must meet the receiving country’s port of entry requirements.
  • Students may be required to do a Criminal Record Check if they are doing their community project in an organization that requires it.

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