Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE)

Extension Program

The Yellowhead Tribal College (YTC) and the University of Alberta (UAlberta) are pleased to announce a partnership to jointly deliver the Faculty of Extension’s Indigenous programs: 

Indigenous Community Engagement citation (ICE) 

Indigenous Community-Industry Relations certificate (ICIR) 

This agreement brings together the knowledge systems of both institutions, their expertise and wisdom in their respective teaching areas, and their desire to work together for the provision of continuing education.


A Step Ahead Toward Reconciliation

As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action brought about recognition of Indigenous peoples’ authority over their ancestral knowledge, the University of Alberta has became increasingly aware that there is a space for knowledge to be shared between our institution and First Nations colleges. 

This new partnership between UAlberta and YTC represents a step ahead toward reconciliation and the recognition of First Nations sovereignty and knowledges.

What Co-Delivery Looks Like

Course registration - Beginning this fall term, all core and elective courses that encompass First Nations knowledge will be delivered through Yellowhead Tribal College. Registrations for Indigenous-content courses will be processed directly through YTC, while business electives will still be offered and managed by the University of Alberta- Faculty of Extension. 

Current certificate students – For those already admitted as certificate students — that is, those who previously had their application accepted to the program — the primary relationship for their program will still be with the Faculty of Extension. Requirements for the program — that is, the courses you’ll need to take to complete the certificate — will remain unchanged, and you will be able to transfer all of your ICE courses between the two institutions (UAlberta and YTC), with no fees charged for transferring course credits. 

New applicants – New students applying to ICE on or after October 21, 2020 will be welcomed into their program by YTC, which will be their main point of contact for any administrative support they may need. Students who haven’t applied to the program but have completed one or more Indigenous-content courses at Extension will be able to apply to the certificate through the YTC and transfer their courses with no fees charged. 


Core Courses:

The ICE certificate requires students to the following 4 core courses:

  • Worldview and History (21 hours)
  • Indigenous Laws, Lands and Current Government Relations (21 hours)
  • Community and Economic Development (21 hours)
  • Environment and Livelihood (21 hours)

Elective Courses:

The ICE certificate requires students to complete 20 credit hours of elective courses. The electives offered though YTC are: 

  • Current Issues in Indigenous Relations (21 hours)
  • Indigenous Leadership: from Transaction to Transformation (21 hours)
  • Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness (21 hours)

The electives offered through UAlberta are:

  • EXMGT 5427 - Project Management Essentials (14 hours) 
  • EXMGT 5439 - Managing Organizational Change (21 hours)
  • EXMGT 5440 - Managing People Through Change (21 hours) 
  • EXMGT 5443 - Project Management: Risk and Resourcing (14 hours)
  • EXMGT 5444 - Project Management: From Communication to Closure (14 hours)
  • EXLDR 5626 - Stakeholder Relationships (21 hours)
For more details on these courses, please go to the following link:

2021 Dates

Worldview and History

**Jan. 22/2021 - This course is postponed due to the landbased component that requires people to be in proximity, & no changes to the Alberta Governments guidelines in relation to COVID-19 measures. New dates will be coming out soon. Please register in our next class listed below. Thank you for patience, understanding and our sincerest apologies! 

  • January 26, 2021 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • January 28, 2021 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • January 30, 2021 from 09:00 - 4:00pm - Land based learning, Blue Lake/Jasper
  • January 31, 2021 from 09:00 - 2:00pm - Land based learning, Blue Lake / Jasper
  • February 2, 2021 from 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • February 4, 2021 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Indigenous Leadership: From Transaction to Transformation

  • February 25, 2021 (times tbd)
  • February 26, 2021 (times tbd)
  • February 27, 2021 (times tbd)
  • February 28, 2021 (times tbd)

Community and Economic Development

  • March 25, 2021 (times tbd)
  • March 26, 2021 (times tbd)
  • March 27, 2021 (times tbd)
  • March 28, 2021 (times tbd)


Course with no land based component - $995
Course with land based component - $1195


Apply using our online form

Please note: Applicants who apply for the ICIR or ICE programs are not required to pay for the $75 application fee.