Indigenous Community-Industry Relations Certificate (ICIR)

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-Industry Relations certificate (ICIR) 

Indigenous Community Engagement citation (ICE) 

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.

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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 citation & certificate students – For those already admitted as citation & 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 citation & certificate — will remain unchanged, and you will be able to transfer all of your ICIR courses between the two institutions (UAlberta and YTC), with no fees charged for transferring course credits. 

New applicants – New students applying to ICIR 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 apply to the certificate through the YTC and transfer their courses with no fees charged. 


Core Courses

The ICIR certificate requires students to complete the following 5 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)
  • Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness (21 hours)

Elective Courses

The ICIR certificate requires students to complete 100 credit hours. The electives offered though YTC are: 

  • Current Issues in Indigenous Relations (21 hours)
  • Indigenous Leadership: From Transaction to Transformation (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

Indigenous Leadership: From Transaction to Transformation

  • March 20, 27 and April 10
  • All Saturdays from 9:00 - 5:00pm

Worldview and History

  • Due to the land-based component that requires students to participlate in a group setting and the new restrictions issued by the province of Alberta and our Executive of Chiefs, the Worldview and History course will be postponed. New dates will be scheduled when the restrictions are lifted. Thank you for your understanding and patience! 

Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness

  • May 29, June 5 & 12
  • All Saturdays from 9:00 - 5:00pm

Community and Economic Development

  • July 10, 17 & 24
  • All Saturdays from 9:00 - 5:00pm


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. 

Courses offered in ICIR