Indigenous Relations

The University of Calgary offers a number of ways that employers and members of the community can strengthen connections with the Indigenous community.

Indigenous Relations Training Program: Understand the issues facing Canada's Indigenous population

Indigenous people are one of the fastest-growing populations in Canada. Due to increased economic activity, business development and growth/expansion in Indigenous communities, a basic level of knowledge about Indigenous people in Canada is viewed as an asset by many employers and is fast becoming a desirable skill set for job seekers and new professionals.

We welcome individuals who are seeking professional or personal development to gain a better understanding of the issues facing Canada's Indigenous population today and how to effectively build relationships with those communities.

The Indigenous Relations Training Program has been around since 2009 and it offers four sessions within a school year in November, February, May and August.

Registrants who complete all eight modules of the Indigenous Relations Training Program will receive a participatory certificate, verifying that the participant has completed 24 hours of non-credit Professional Development.

This program is sponsored in part by ATCO.

Upcoming sessions will alternate between in-person on UCalgary campus and online over Zoom.

Aug. 8 – 12, 2022

Future sessions:

  • Nov. 7 – 10, 2022 (Online over Zoom)
  • Feb. 21 – 24, 2023
  • May 2023 (T.B.D)

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact

The following interactive modules are three hours each and cover the following topics:

  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Historical overview of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Métis history
  • Contemporary Trends of the Métis People in Canada
  • Introduction to Inuit Culture and History
  • Contemporary Inuit Reality
  • Resource development in Indigenous communities
  • Building strong community relations

The eight three-hour modules are presented in person over four days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  1. Registration Type

    University of Calgary Students

    Non-UCalgary Students1

    University of Calgary Staff

    University of Calgary Alumni

    Registered Charity*

    Professionals and Governmental*

  2. Program Costs + GST







  3. Details

    1 Must provide proof of student status

    * Payment can be made by VISA/Mastercard/American Express. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is ongoing and continues until the session is full or two weeks prior to the program start date.

  1. Career Development/Co-Curricular Credit (CCR)

    This program, managed by Career Services (in consultation with the Writing Symbols Lodge), qualifies for credit on the CCR credit initiated by the university as a means to formally recognize and verify student leadership, development, and volunteerism. University of Calgary students who take this program can obtain recognition through the CCR.

  2. Professionals

    Did you know that your organization may qualify to have two-thirds of an employee’s professional development paid for? This can be done through a collaborative grant program offered by the Alberta and Federal Governments called the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG). There are some rules to the program though. For example, the course must be a minimum of 24 hours in length and you must apply for the grant prior to registering for the course.

  3. Students

    Student rates are subsidized through a generous donation from ATCO. Need more funding options? Check out the Student Activities Fund or the Students Union Funding and Awards page.

    Students, alumni, and professionals who complete all eight modules of the Indigenous Relations Training Program will receive a participatory certificate, verifying that the participant has completed 24 hours of non-credit professional development.

Contact Information

Sophia Pancic
Indigenous Relations Program Coordinator
Writing Symbols Lodge

Indigenous Student

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Learn more about employment and Indigenous Peoples in Canada:

Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census

Truth & Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action (2015)

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