Certificate in Indigenous Environmental Governance

The Certificate in Indigenous Environmental Governance is designed to provide students with a mix of theoretical knowledge and applied skills in Indigenous environmental governance. The goal is to enable students to critically assess environmental stewardship from a knowledge systems approach and understand how Indigenous and western scientific knowledges describe and seek to address environmental change and (un)sustainable development. Special attention will be paid to biocultural approaches to environmental governance. The legal, political, economic, and social contexts of territorial stewardship and resource management in settler states, especially Canada, will also be foregrounded. Notably, students will be introduced to Indigenous-settler histories and relations in Canada, the Crown’s fiduciary duty to Indigenous Peoples, the Duty to Consult and international protocols such as the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples. Students will develop skills in research, understanding conflict and conflict resolution, and participate in a community-based, experiential learning capstone project.

The Indigenous Environmental Governance certificate program is offered through the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the certificate program will be able to:

  • Examine the contemporary and historical context of colonialism and its impact on resource and environmental governance;
  • Identify principles of different knowledge systems and analyze current environmental governance systems from a knowledge system perspective;
  • Describe conflict resolution processes around Indigenous environmental governance;
  • Assess the political, legal context of the duty to consult and the Crown’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples;
  • Apply knowledge systems to environmental governance issues; and
  • Engage in community-based research around environmental stewardship.


The Certificate requires the five courses listed below:

GEOG*3210Indigenous-Settler Relationships in Environmental Governance0.50
INDG*1000Indigenous-Settler Relations0.50
INDG*4000Capstone: Indigenous Env Gov0.50
POLS*3340Indigenous Politics in Canada0.50
SOC*2280Society, Knowledge Systems and Environment0.50

For more information about this certificate, please visit the Open Learning and Educational Support  website.