The University of Calgary offers a number of ways that employers and members of the community can strengthen connections with the Indigenous community.
Attend the Indigenous Relations Training Program
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.
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Understand the issues facing Canada's Indigenous population
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.
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.
Nov. 9 –10, 12 – 13 (Nov. 11 off due to Remembrance Day)
Feb. 16–19, 2021
Due to COVID-19, these Indigenous Relations Training Program (IRTP) sessions will be delivered via Zoom. If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following interactive modules are three hours each and cover the following topics:
- Indigenous Ways of Knowing
- Historical Overview of Indigenous People in Canada
- Current Indigenous Issues in Canada
- Current Trends in Education & Employment
- Socio-cultural Issues in the Northern & Circumpolar Region
- Economic Development & Environmental Issues in the Northern & Circumpolar Region
- Resource Development in Indigenous Communities
- Building Strong Community Relations
The eight three-hour modules are presented in-person over four days. The program typically runs from 9 am till 4 pm daily.
University of Calgary Students
University of Calgary Staff
University of Calgary Alumni
Professionals and Governmental*
Program Costs + GST
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.
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.
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.
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.
General registrants (professionals, non-UCalgary students, non-profit/registered charities or those without a CareerLink account) can register by completing the registration form and send it to email@example.com.
Hiring Indigenous Students at UCalgary
Post your opportunity on CareerLink - co-op, practicums, internships or new grads, we can connect you with over 800 Indigenous students at UCalgary.
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