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ABG-100 Histories And Impacts of Colonization

3 credits


This course provides an exploration of the historical relationships, colonial contexts, and social, economic and political influences that have impacted Aboriginal peoples and communities. Students will examine pre-contact ways of knowing, grounded in local teachings, while exploring the ramifications of the process of colonization, including treaties, the Indian Act, residential schools, and other legislative attempts to assimilate Aboriginal peoples into Euro-Canadian socio-political paradigm.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ABG-102 Governance And Organizational Structures

3 credits


This course will provide an overview of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal governance models and organizational structures with a view to understanding how governance and organizational structures inform, shape and support the nation building process in Aboriginal communities.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.
  • Corequisite: ENG 160.
  • Corequisite: ABG 100.

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ABG-103 Vision, Values, Philosophies And Ethics

3 credits


In this course, students will explore and examine leadership's role in the development of organizational vision, philosphies, values and ethics statements within the larger context of nation building and strengthening existing organizational structures.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ABG-105 Politics, Policy and Practice

3 credits


This course investigates the early development of Aboriginal political organizations, policies and practices that have shaped the current regime of political response, resistance and renewal in Aboriginal communities. Students will gain a more thorough understanding of the function of contemporary political organizations, the policies they have shaped, and how this translates to practice in the roles of leadership and management in today's Aboriginal organizations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of ABG 100.

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ABG-110 Community Development & Planning

3 credits


Examining case studies and examples of successful community development models, students will gain the skills and knowledge required to contribute to current and future community growth. Students will explore current trends toward community growth and stability within the context of nation building.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ABG-111 Economic Development

3 credits


The purpose of this course is to assist students in developing tools for planning and implementing economic development initiatives that align with their respective community's short, mid and long term economic goals and visions. Topics include an introduction to relevant economic concepts and resources available to support strategic planning for economic development in Aboriginal Communities.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ABG-115 Human Resources

3 credits


In this course students will gain an understanding of the fundamental human resources theories and practices necessary to create value and direction in Aboriginal organizations. Students will analyze and balance strategic leadership practices, grounded in traditional practices, with an understanding of how Western human resources laws, systems and practices are used within Aboriginal organizations.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ABG-120 Communications

3 credits


Through this course, students will examine best practices in effective communications for organizations, including written and oral communications, balanced with traditional practices and protcols relating to effective and honourable ways of communicating in various contexts. Guided by fluent speakers, students will research and gain a greater understanding of ways in which traditional languages are used in modern contexts of leadership and management.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.
  • Corequisite: ENG 160.

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ABG-125 Finance

3 credits


This course strengthens students' core skills, knowledge and understanding of systems used in the financial management of various types of contemporary Aboriginal organizations. This includes understanding the unique, historic fiduciary obligations and responsibilities of Canadian governments to Aboriginal peoples.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Program.

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ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


English 160 is an applied writing course that focuses on communication skills required in professional and business fields. Students will learn how to use language effectively, produce general correspondence, synthesize research for formal report and proposal writing, and design effective documents.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with band scores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading; or completion of ENG 104.

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ENG-166 Effective Organizational Communications

3 credits


ENG 166 focuses on the oral and written communication skills required to function in administrator and leadership positions within Aboriginal organizations and communities. Students will examine and practice the writing process in various capacities specific, but not always limited, to Aboriginal organizations, including email etiquette, minute-taking, briefing notes, and professional letter writing. Students will also learn reporting processes, both written and electronic, with a particular focus in INAC and other provincial and national Aboriginal funding organizations. Finally, students will gain research skills necessary to access and apply to funding sources, and to write formal reports that will include a proposal, executive summary, and formal report with appropriate APA formatting and references. Students may not receive credit for ENG 166 if they have successfully completed ENG 160.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with bandscores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading; or completion of ENG 104; or admission into the Aborginal Leadership Certificate program.

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