BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SCIE-108 - Aboriginal Land Use Planning - 4.50 Credits

SCIE-108 - Aboriginal Land Use Planning - 4.50 Credits

Course Details
This course will guide students through the complex issues of determining what activities should or should not take place on land use planning. By examining an Aboriginal Land Use Plan, the approved regional Lands and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) and the approved First Nations area Agreement students will learn the various components that go into land use planning; the major issues surrounding resource use and development; including multiple perspectives; and the social and economic impacts these decisions have on communities. Students will learn about the technical structures of land use planning, and the art of developing consensus decisions. The technical components are primary activities that will include lab fieldwork such as Identification of invasive species and noxious weeds whilst carefully examining a salmon spawning channel; discussion of mitigation/restoration methods and; actively engage in species identification of both animal and plants.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, ENGL 12 or equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the components of the Regional Land Use Plan and the management direction it provides for the First Nation traditional territory;

  • explain the technical components of the land use planning and the consensus-building process;

  • articulate what is meant by sustainability, sustainable use, and ecosystem-based planning;

  • compare and contrast ecosystem-based approaches with other land use planning approaches;

  • explain the need to balance environmental, economic and social issues on the land base;

  • explain land use policy development and economic impacts of decisions;

  • research specific topic areas and provide a summary of the key issues, identify multiple perspectives and values therein, and propose next steps (problem-solving process);

  • recognize interest-based negotiations;


  • Lab Hours (30 hours):

  • identify invasive species and noxious weeds;

  • closely examine a spawning channel;

  • discuss mitigation/restoration methods; and

  • conduct species identification of both animals and plants.
  • Text and Materials:
  • BC First Nations Forestry Council. Ecosystem Stewardship Planning Handbook. Current edition. BC First Nations Forestry Council.

  • Regional District Land Use Plan. Current edition. Province of British Columbia.
  • Other Resources:
  • Appropriate Aboriginal or First Nation Land Use Plan. Current edition. First Nation Organization, First nation or Tribal Council.

  • Various handouts.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca\.
    Other Information: Education Council approved April, 2010.