Aboriginal Leadership Certificate

Gain practical tools and knowledge to work at management and administrator levels of Aboriginal organizations across Canada. Learn collaboratively as part of a cohort of experienced and emerging leaders. Study online and take part in on-campus classes as part of 2-3 day gatherings on select weekends during the semester. (Dates and locations of face-to-face gatherings TBD but will rotate between regions).

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.

Students who have a heart for leadership will gain practical skills and knowledge to lead in a way that respects protocol and strengthens community.

Laura Johnston, NIC instructor

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Program Requirements

  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing or ENG-166 Effective Organizational Communications
  • ABG-100 Histories and Impacts of Colonization
  • ABG-102 Governance and Organizational Structures
  • ABG-103 Vision, Values, Philosophies, and Ethics
  • ABG-105 Politics, Policy, and Practice
  • ABG-110 Community Development and Planning
  • ABG-111 Economic Development
  • ABG-115 Human Resources
  • ABG-120 Communications
  • ABG-125 Finance

Completion Requirements

  1. A student will have up to five years to complete the program.
  2. A minimum of 70% of the program must be completed at North Island College.


Admission Requirements

  1. C in Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or one of ENG-096, or ENG-098, or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095, or English Assessment.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston


Aboriginal Education, English

Aboriginal Leadership Certificate (UBC 2016)

Masters of Arts in English Literature (UBC 2010)

PID (VCC 2004)

Bachelors of Arts in English Literature (Malaspina U-C 2003)

Subjects: Aboriginal Leadership, English
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4069 | Location VLG - N1
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 4021

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,852
NISU Fees $130
Learner Resource $162
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,419

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC Funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.