Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation

The Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation program prepares students for the demanding and evolving field of environmental safeguarding, reclamation, and restoration.

Program Details

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.

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Admission requirements

Admission to the IESR Technologist Diploma

1. All applicants must complete a competency test in Math and English.
2. Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, including English 20-1 or English 20-2, and Pure Mathematics 30, or equivalence to these courses, with grades of 60% or better, for admission to the program. University and college course credits are accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma. 

3. Applicants may also enter through Mature Student Status defined as follows:

  1. Minimum age of twenty-one
  2. Successful completion of a Skills Appraisal Test in Math and English.
4. Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Department Head, but will be required to take nine credits or preparation courses in mathematics, communication, and science. 

University Transfer

The IESR programs offers university transfer courses and block transfers in partial completion of a science or environmental degree.

1. Athabasca University (Bachelor of Science)

2. Concordia University of Edmonton (Bachelor of Science)

3. Thompson Rivers University (Bachelor of Technology)

4. MacEwan University (Bachelor of Science)

5. Mount Royal University (Bachelor of Science)

6. Trinity Western University (Bachelor of Science)

Transfer options may also be available at other post-secondary institutions where credits from Yellowhead Tribal College programs are evaluated on an individual basis. Interested students should contact the post-secondary institute of their choice for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Courses offered in the Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Reclamation program:

Chemistry 90


English 90


Information Systems for Management and Business 200


Mathematics 90


IGP 304: Indigenous Governance


Cree 250


NTST 103: Native Social Structures

NTST 103

IESR 100: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

IESR 100

IESR 110: Ecology of Freshwater Systems

IESR 110

IESR 120: Geology and Use of Water Systems

IESR 120

IESR 130: Air Quality Monitoring and Improvement

IESR 130

IESR 140: Water Monitoring and Analysis

IESR 140

IESR 150: Traditional Land Use

IESR 150

IESR 195: Practicum 1: Science, Culture, and the Environment

IESR 195

IESR 200: Soil Science

IESR 200

IESR 210: An Exploration of Biological Diversity

IESR 210

IESR 220: Environmental Ethics and Written Communication

IESR 220

IESR 230: Biochemistry

IESR 230

IESR 240: Geology

IESR 240

IESR 250: Ecological Stewardship

IESR 250

IESR 260: English for Scientific and Community Reporting

IESR 260

IESR 270: Statistical Methods for Environmental Sciences

IESR 270

IESR 280: Contaminated Site Evaluating and Management

IESR 280

IESR 290: Land-Based Field Work

IESR 290

IESR 295: Practicum 2: Stewardship, Policy, and Practice

IESR 295

IESR 300: Site Reclamation

IESR 300

IESR 310: Introduction to Plant Taxonomy

IESR 310

IESR 320: Geographical Mapping and Applications

IESR 320

IESR 330: Forestry Management

IESR 330

IESR 340: Environmental and Natural Resource Law

IESR 340

IESR 350: Indigenous Ethics

IESR 350

IESR 360: Community Engagement and Planning

IESR 360

IESR 370: Conservation and Habitat Management

IESR 370

IESR 380: Research Methods

IESR 380

IESR 395: Practicum 3: Environmental Mgmt & Administration

IESR 395