About

First Nation communities deal with complex land management issues including land use planning, legal issues such as the duty to consult, reserve land transactions, community-based land transactions, natural resource transactions, environmental management and compliance in addition to other issues.


Quick facts
  • Certificate (1 to 2 years) and/or diploma (2 to 3 years)
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

You will learn about Aboriginal rights, strategic planning, land use planning, traditional knowledge, resource management, intellectual property law and project management. 

This unique program provides a broad range of topics specific to the management of lands and resources on federal reserve lands. It examines basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. It also provides opportunities to increase skills in communications, computers, time management, leadership, research and project management.

You will begin by taking the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate. To accommodate our students' professional work lives, as well as their desire to not leave their home communities, this certificate program offers blended learning opportunities. Travel to Saskatoon is just three (3) times a year, where you participate in a two-week classroom-based experience comprised of lectures, labs and field trips. Once you have completed your in-class experience, you will be provided with take-home final exams to work on while you are back in your home community. Once you complete the certificate, you will be able to continue on to the diploma options, which can be taken online.

This certificate was designed to benefit:

  • Land managers
  • Land and economic development staff
  • Executive and leadership (chief and council)
  • Urban and rural youth
  • Federal and provincial government staff
  • Individuals interested in working with Aboriginal communities

Program options

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate: Let us Take Care of the Land

Provides a foundational environmental, legal and economic understanding of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. This program will also increase skills in communications, computers, time management, leadership, research and project management.

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate will also qualify you for the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP), which is offered by the National Aboriginal Lands Management Association (NALMA). It also satisfies post-secondary, level-one requirements, allowing graduates to register in the PLMCP Level Two: Technical Training, which is developed and delivered by NALMA.

After completing the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate, you will be eligible to apply for:

  • Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance 
  • Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management

Aboriginal Lands Governance Diploma

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance provides a broad background in governance, management, administration and political science as they relate to Aboriginal communities.

This diploma is entirely offered through a combination of online and condensed (one to two-week) delivery courses, although you may also opt to take face-to-face courses.

Aboriginal Resource Management Diploma

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management provides a broad background in resource management for Aboriginal communities. The diploma builds on the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate and prepares you to become a land manager in your community and for leadership roles in local, provincial and national settings.

This program is entirely offered through a combination of online and condensed (one to two-week) delivery courses, although you may also opt to take face-to-face courses.

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate is comprised of the following courses (21 credit units):

CourseDescription
ASKI 101 Field Studies in the Environment
ASKI 102 Introduction to Legal Concepts in Resource Management
ASKI 103 Legal Process and Instruments in Resource Management
ASKI 104 Introduction to Management Issues
ASKI 105 Economics and Planning
ASKI 201 Resource Management Project Assessment
INDG 107 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

Completion of the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate courses is required for admission to the Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance program and the Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management. The Diploma course requirements can be found in the Course and Program Catalogue which has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for the certificate program and the dipoma programs.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this certificate:

ASKI 101: Field Studies in the Environment
This course introduces students to environmental science with emphasis on sustainable development of land, water and forests. You will become familiar with the basic components of soil and be able to recognize factors affecting productivity and land value as well as important environmental issues associated with managing a large land base. The basic components of surface and subsurface water will be investigated with the view of understanding and protecting both water quality and quantity. You will gain an appreciation of the forest environment by investigating principles of forest ecology and sustainable forest management. Emphasis will be placed on methods of gathering information in addition to laboratory exercises and field trips.

ASKI 103: Legal Process and Instruments in Resource Management
This course will introduce you to the study of legal instruments and process in resource management in Canada. You will explore legal instruments in detail including ways of holding property, property transfer, property rights, business operations in First Nations communities, the taxation issues facing the business operations as well as a look at the development and impact of current legislation on lands and resources of the First Nation sector.

ASKI 201: Resource Management Project Assessment
Incorporates learning from previous courses in the Kanawayihetaytan Certificate. You will identify an applied community-based research project and evaluate and assess the proposed project: legally, economically, and environmentally. You will research land, history, market and impact of the proposal to determine pros and cons of the proposal. Written and oral presentations are required. This is an independently directed research course in which you complete a specific resource management related project. This course aims to develop critical research skills and competencies for communicating research results effectively to leadership and community members.

Careers

Depending on which path you chose, the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy certificate, along with either the Aboriginal Lands Governance Diploma or the Aboriginal Resource Management Diploma, will prepare you for careers in:

  • governance, management, administration and leadership roles in your community
  • leadership roles in local, provincial and national settings

With a strong focus on experiential learning, skills will be acquired for future employment as land managers with a foundation of scientific and traditional knowledge that is required for research and decision-making. 

Tuition estimates

Canadian students
Tuition $647.70 per class
Fees $922 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 (2018-2019 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 $1,000-$2,000 for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Certificate: Let us Take Care of the Land

Application deadline: Extended to April 1, 2018 for admission to the 2018 Spring Term

Admission to the certificate program is based solely on the written submission contained within the application for admission. Secondary and post-secondary level standing are not considered for admission to the program. Admission is open to all applications, regardless of Aboriginal ancestry, age, or level of education.

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance
Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management

Application deadlines:

  • April 1, 2018 for admission to the 2018 Spring Term
  • May 1, 2018 for admission to the 2018 Summer Term
  • July 1, 2018 for admission to the 2018 Fall Term
  • December 1, 2018 for admission to the 2018 Winter Term

Completion of the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate is required for admission to Kanawayihetaytan Askiy diploma programs. You are also eligible if you have completed the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program but will need to enroll in INDG 107 in your first year of the diploma program.

To apply:

  1. Select the application type: Undergraduate program: bachelor’s degree diploma or certificate.
  2. Under Planned Program of Study, select the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program to which you intend to apply.

For more information about the program, contact the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at:
Telephone: 306-966-4041

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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