Native Education

Indigenous Land Stewardship

Program Description

In – Person
The Indigenous Land Stewardship (ILS) Program offers students career preparation in land and resource management and a gateway to higher education. This one-year certificate program consists of ten courses rooted in Indigenous knowledge of land, community, and ecology.


Students from anywhere in Canada with internet access may join the ILS Online Certificate Program. Course content is identical to the regular ILS certificate program but offered online. Asynchronous delivery means classes run more flexibly, with students accessing class materials during different hours and from other locations. However, coursework and assignments follow the same weekly schedule as the regular program. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Indigenous Land Stewardship Certificate, the learner will be able to

1. Apply Indigenous principles of stewardship to land and resource management

2. Articulate the benefits of an ecosystem approach to land and resource decisions

3. Explain the effects of colonialism on traditional land management and the implications of recent legal decisions

4. Synthesize traditional and contemporary methods of Indigenous land mapping and knowledge sharing

5. Contribute to the design, planning and development of projects on Indigenous and other lands that address environmental challenges

5. Engage in key issues relevant to Indigenous communities based on traditional principles of environmental and social justice

“Stewardship means acting responsibly to serve the needs of a community”

Classes start on September 2023, in Vancouver, B.C and Online

University Transfer

Indigenous Land Stewardship graduates may further their post-secondary studies through block credit transfer agreements with our academic partners.

  • CAPU
  • KPU
  • SFU 
  • UBC

Occupation upon Completion

Program graduates find jobs with land and resource administration employers, including First Nations Bands, Indigenous organizations, resource, utility, land development companies, environmental groups, municipalities, and others.

Indigenous Land Stewardship graduates may further their post-secondary studies through block credit transfer agreements with our academic partners. ILS credits can be counted towards degrees at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Program Summary

This program is Full-time, Monday to Friday

30 Credits

Transferable credits to university

Approved by PTIB

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Get your certificate in 9 months

Online & in-person

High Demand

Career with high demand & salaries

Course Descriptions


ILS 100

Introduction to Land Stewardship

70 hrs

ILS 110

Academic English

70 hrs

ILS 120

Indigenous Environmental Knowledge

70 hrs

ILS 130


70 hrs

ILS 140

Climate Crises Strategies

70 hrs

ILS 150

Indigenous Governance, Law and the Environment

70 hrs

ILS 160

Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Land Stewardship

70 hrs

ILS 170

Leadership and Program Management

70 hrs

ILS 180

Field Studies – Contemporary Indigenous Mapping

50 hrs

ILS 190

Field Studies – Community-Based Planning

50 hrs

Admission Requirements, Fees & Tuition

High School Applicants
Mature Applicants
Tuition and Fees
  • B.C. secondary school (Grade 12) or equivalent (B.C. Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma or General Education Diploma).
  • English 12 “C” grade or higher
  • Interview with the program coordinator
  • Letter of Intent 
  • 18 years old or older
  • Completed written assessment with “C” grade or higher
  • Letter of Intent
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, NEC can help you.









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Brian Davis
ILS - Student 2023
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