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Immerse yourself in Aboriginal Leadership through condensed 1-week courses in Traditional Leadership and Leadership Concepts and Theories. The courses will give you an enhanced understanding of traditional Aboriginal leadership values, community protocols, ceremonies, responsibilities, and will explore other Indigenous leadership concepts and models.
The purpose of the Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Program (AGLP) is to strengthen Aboriginal peoples’ skills and abilities to govern, grounded in the learners’ traditional knowledge, leadership values, and community development interests.
The AGLP will support the growth and establishment of ethical, effective leaders and public servants who contribute to improving governing systems and sustainable development outcomes in Aboriginal communities and institutions, for the benefit of current and future generations.
Learners will be encouraged to support each other in completing experiential learning activities (i.e. chairing meetings, problem solving, critical thinking, journaling); and in becoming more self-directed in their learning..
The culmination of the diploma program will be an internship course where learners will engage in a leadership/governance community research project that will be published and contribute to future learner development. The culmination of the advanced diploma will be an internship, which may include an international partner institute, where learners will undertake a government systems research project that will also be published and contribute to future learner development. Learners will be encouraged to share their research project reports broadly, and continue to apply and refine their leadership and governing practices throughout their lives.
All courses will maximize the use of
· regular guest speakers (in person/recorded, and via Moodle/webinar); and
· case studies to apply learning to real world situations and identify best practices and lessons learned.
Course guides will provide the direction of learning to support the successful completion of individual course activities, and provide reflective learning that can be applied to the learner’s internship and future leadership practice.
The instructors will act as facilitators and experts in promoting an environment conducive for learning through activities such as inquiry, guided discussion, group analyses and activities, and strength-based skill building exercises.
The final week of the diploma and advanced diploma programs will be dedicated to supporting learners, where possible, in coordinating their community gathering/potlatch where they will be encouraged to share their personal learning journey, internship project, and their learning success. The intent of this activity is to
· engage their respective community;
· support leadership development (both formal and informal);
· serve as role models for their community; and
· share knowledge—consistent with traditional leadership practices.
Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through written exams, assignments, case studies, presentations, and/or completion of a journal. Practical performance is assessed by instructors’ observations of learners during the completion of their internships and is based on final evaluations. All courses are evaluated consistent with the NVIT Grading System.
The AGLP will target the growing number of Aboriginal working professionals/public servants from First Nation communities, administrations, Councils/ Governments, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations (for profit and not-for-profit), regional leadership affiliate organizations (e.g., BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs.), and aspiring Aboriginal leaders at the national levels.