The Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation programs (IESR) prepares students for the demanding and evolving field of environmental safeguarding, reclamation, and restoration. This program will provide students with a background in theory and practice, including laboratory work and field experiences. Learning from academics, Elders, industry, and community experts, students will learn how environmental science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) are vital in balancing traditional values and the needs of the industry and communities in the continued development of resources.
Graduates of the programs will possess the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for environmental practitioners in such fields as resource development and management, environmental protection, environmental assessment, water management, waste management, environmental research, and environmental education. As Alberta's resource-based economy continues to change, the need for environmental stewards will grow, especially within First Nations communities.
IESR Technologist Diploma
The IESR Technologist is a full-time program that prepares students for a variety of roles in the environmental stewardship and reclamation industry. The IESR Technologist Diploma can be completed in two years, over six semesters (Semesters 1 & 4: September to December; Semesters 2 & 5: January to April; Semesters 3 & 6: May and June).
3rd IESR University Transfer
Once completed all the above courses (or equivalents), students must follow graduation procedures and can apply for graduation with a Diploma from the IESR Program. Upon graduation, an optional third year of IESR courses can be taken over the course of one academic year. These courses allow for IESR students to acquire more transfer credits to other partnering institutions towards a BSc. Environmental Sciences. Please note: these courses will only be offered if there is sufficient enrolment.