This certificate program is designed for students who have an interest in developing a deeper understanding of Indigenous political relationships. It cultivates an understanding and appreciation of the unique socio-political position of Indigenous peoples in Canada as this relates to historical and contemporary issues in governance and politics.

Quick facts
  • Two year certificate
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

This Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and ScienceYou may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution. 

What you will learn

You will study various levels of government that affect Indigenous groups as well as ongoing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. You will examine the Federal system of government and its effects on Indigenous identity, community programs and local autonomy. You will acquire specialized knowledge about Indigenous governance and political issues in and beyond Canada.

This certificate requires the completion of the 15 credit units (5 classes):

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

POLS 221: Global Indigenous Politics
What does it mean to be Indigenous? In what ways are Indigenous politics similar and different in the Global North and Global South? Which political issues dominant the landscape of contemporary Global Indigenous politics? While the course examines contemporary Indigenous politics in Canada, it privileges a more global and comparative perspective to explore the connections between the Global South (e.g. Africa, Asia, Latin America) and Global North (e.g. Australia, Europe, United States). More specifically, the course is organized around key sections which consider the following: the contentious politics of defining Indigeneity, the diverse historical experiences of Indigenous peoples, the politics around land and natural resources, and global challenges around Indigenous peoples’ struggles in the areas of cultural survival and human rights. The course concludes by using a case study approach to consider the above issues in greater detail in select political contexts across Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania.

POLS 222.3  Indigenous Governance and Politics
An analysis of existing and emerging systems of Indigenous governance and politics at the local, regional, provincial and national levels in Canada.

POLS 422.3 First Nations Governance
Examines First Nations governance strategies in Canada, with particular attention to First Nations in Saskatchewan. Attention is devoted to cultural, economic, and political development within First Nations communities. It is designed to provide students with an academic basis for analyzing existing governance development strategies in First Nations communities.


Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics will prepare you for careers in:

  • Political and leadership roles in your community
  • Management and administration within your own community
  • Policy evaluation and development
  • Leadership and organizational roles in local, provincial and national government
  • Social justice and equity work in non-governmental organizations

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $663 per class $1,989 per class
Fees $988 per year $988 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2021-2022 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021
May 2022
Apr 1, 2022
Documents due: May 1, 2022
Feb 1, 2022
Documents due: Mar 1, 2022
July 2022
May 1, 2022
Documents due: Jun 1, 2022
Mar 1, 2022
Documents due: Apr 1, 2022
September 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Documents due: Aug 15, 2022
May 1, 2022
Documents due: Jun 1, 2022
January 2023
Dec 1, 2022
Documents due: Dec 15, 2022
Sep 1, 2022
Documents due: Oct 1, 2022

Ready to apply?

You must be admitted to a degree program in the College of Arts and Science to enroll in this certificate program.

Apply to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

Explore related programs

If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.


If you are interested in more information about Indigenous Governance and Politics or how to receive credit for the certificate, please contact student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca