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
  • You can begin this program off-campus

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.

A first-year schedule sample (certificate)

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 Animal Agriculture and Food Science
INDG 107 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

 For more information about course selection for this program, please consult the Course and Program Catalogue and speak to an academic advisor prior to registration.

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.

Research
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Collaborative environment
Our faculty and researchers actively collaborate across the university, as well as nationally and internationally. We have created strong, productive partnerships with numerous governments, private enterprises, producer groups, research centres, and industry associations to develop a sophisticated network for applied science, business and policy development. Outreach, technology transfer and information sharing is an important part our research.

Small class sizes
AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program. The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows you to get to know your instructors and fellow students, and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

Opportunities to get involved
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. There are several student clubs in the college to join to enhance your university experience.

Career skills
You will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills. Our strong ties with industry and our reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

 

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 political roles in Aboriginal communities,
  • 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 $619 per class
Fees $835 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.
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.

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.

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

  • Aboriginal Lands Governance Diploma
  • Aboriginal Resource Management Diploma

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.

 For more information about course selection for this program, please consult the Course and Program Catalogue and speak to an academic advisor prior to registration.

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance

The 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.

Completion of the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate is required for admission to the diplomas. Transfer credit may also be given for the Professional Lands Management Certificate Program from the National Aboriginal Land Manager’s Association.

Please contact the College of Agriculture and Bioresources for information on block transfer credit at (306) 978-8556 or (306) 966-4041.

 For more information about course selection for this diploma program, please consult the Course and Program Catalogue and speak to an academic advisor prior to registration.

Kanawayihetaytan Askiy: Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management

The 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.

Completion of the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate is required for admission to the diplomas. Transfer credit may also be given for the Professional Lands Management Certificate Program from the National Aboriginal Land Manager’s Association.

Please contact the College of Agriculture and Bioresources for information on block transfer credit at (306) 978-8556 or (306) 966-4041.

 For more information about course selection for this diploma program, please consult the Course and Program Catalogue and speak to an academic advisor prior to registration.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Students must meet University of Saskatchewan admission requirements in mature admissions categories.

To apply, select "Kanawayihetaytan Askiy" as your application type on the online application.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is March 15, 2018.

For more information, contact us at:

Telephone: (306) 978-8556 or (306) 966-4041
Fax: (306) 978-8551

 Completion of the Certificate is required for admission to the diploma programs.

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

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