In – Person
The Indigenous Land Stewardship (ILS) Program offers students career preparation in land and resource management as well as 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 within Canada and 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. Course offerings are limited to the current academic semester offerings.
This program is Full-time, Monday to Friday, 9 months long.
Classes are in-person in Vancouver B.C.
Program graduates find jobs with employers involved in land and resource administration including First Nations Bands, Indigenous organizations, resource, utility, and 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.
Stewardship means acting responsibly to serve the needs of a community
Graduates of this program leave with skills that will improve your resume and therefore better job opportunities.
This 9-month certificate is offered Online & in-person.
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Indigenous Land Stewardship graduates may further their post-secondary studies through block credit transfer agreements with our academic partners.
Upon completion of the Indigenous Land Stewardship Certificate, the learner will be able to
Introduction to Land Stewardship
Indigenous Environmental Knowledge
Climate Crises Strategies
Indigenous Governance, Law and the Environment
Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Land Stewardship
Leadership and Program Management
Field Studies – Contemporary Indigenous Mapping
Field Studies – Community-Based Planning
“It is a legacy for me to be able to tell what I have accomplished with my studies at NEC. My father did not have the opportunity to complete his education, and I grew up in a foster family, which encouraged me to further my adult education purpose and I am grateful to add that I am currently finishing my Indigenous Land Stewardship certificate at NEC. I’m doing things I never would have imagined doing before. At NEC, I made friends, felt a sense of community, and was welcomed into a cultural environment.”