Camosun program gives future Indigenous leaders tools to succeed

Camosun College launched a unique, unparalleled program that addresses the need to practice trauma-informed relational, cultural, and strategic leadership when working with Indigenous communities and/or leading change in non-Indigenous organizations.

The Advanced Certificate in Ways of Indigenous Leadership & Learning program builds expertise in Indigenous leadership practices that reflect real-world and very current opportunities and challenges. As more organizations and institutions work towards reconciliation processes in Canada and beyond, it becomes more critical to provide training to Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders that seek to make positive change.

“This is a really important Indigenous-led program that brings together people from many different Nations and sectors. Students will deepen their leadership philosophies and develop unique and diverse strategies to support their leadership work in these complex times of change,” Jessica Morin, WILL Program Coordinator – The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections (IECC) at Camosun College.

This 20-month part-time program is offered through Eyēʔ Sqậ’lewen  and will be co-taught by Māori scholars and Knowledge Keepers in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This blended program is primarily online, with an opportunity for students to gather together ‘in person’ each year. In year one, students will travel to Victoria, BC for three weeks and in year two, students will travel to Christchurch, Aotearoa for three weeks. Teachings will include classroom and on-the-land applied learning at both sites “across the waters” with a focus on relational, cultural, and strategic elements of Indigenous leadership.

This program enables students to learn collaboratively, from Indigenous scholars and cultural Knowledge Keepers across the waters in both North America and Aotearoa. 

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Camosun College