BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

INST-247 - Nsyilx Studies: Leadership - 3.00 Credits

INST-247 - Nsyilx Studies: Leadership - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides an in-depth study of the meanings contained in Nsyilxcen words associated with the concept of leadership, and an overview of the complexity of the way historical and contemporary leadership is viewed by the Okanagan People. Students will study the foundations of good leadership in terms of the roles, responsibilities and obligations that are expected of Okanagan individuals to taking leadership roles in whatever area of endeavor. Students will review the traditional oral Captiklw stories that are relevant to leadership and decision making. They will be given a foundation in the role of sk'ulst (training) sc'a'xc'axw (discipline) and kswitmist (dedication). Students will review and analyze various leadership roles and responsibilities within contemporary Okanagan society, including political leadership, spiritual leadership, education leadership, service leadership traditional, community leadership and family leaderships.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : NSYL 111, INST 145, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate effective leadership competencies relevant to the Okanagan people;

  • explain the Nsyilxcen Okanagan terms for different leadership roles within Syilx society;

  • explain the roles, responsibility and expectations of individuals who take on leadership roles within Syilx society;

  • analyze Captiklw Stories to determine key Syilx leadership and decision making principles and practices;

  • explain leadership needs within Syilx contemporary society; and

  • explain key leadership concepts and roles within contempory Okanagan Society including; political, spiritual, educational, Traditional Head Chiefs and Food Chiefs, and community leadership (“good” men and women, and family heads).
  • Text and Materials:
  • Armstrong, J. C., Derickson D., Young-Ing. Eds .G. We get our living like milk from the land. Current edition. Penticton, BC. Theytus Books Ltd.
  • Okanagan Tribal Council. Kouskelowh-A trilogy of Okanagan Stories. Current edition. Penticton, BC. Theytus Books Ltd.
  • Commons W.C., R. S., Mandelbaum, M. Post, R. H, and Walters V.W. The Sinkaietk or southern Okanagan of Washington. Current edition. Menasha, Wisconsin. George Banta Publishing Company.
  • Ray, V. F. Cultural Relations In The Plateau of Northwestern America. Current edition. Los Angeles, California. The Southwest Museum.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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