The Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program (IPRM) is a uniquely designed Certificate Program that is focused on providing a broad range of topic areas specific to the management of lands and resources on Federal Reserve lands. The IPRMP examines basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. The IPRM Program also provides students with the opportunity to increase skill levels in communications, computers, time management, leadership, research and project management.

The IPRM Program had historically been designed for those already working as land managers, but we have broadened the vision and direction of the program based on consultation with Aboriginal communities. We are expanding our target audience to include: Aboriginal Land Managers, Aboriginal Land and Economic Development Staff, Aboriginal Leadership and Staff, Urban and Rural Aboriginal Youth, Federal and Provincial Government Staff and individuals interested in working with Aboriginal communities.

To accommodate professional work lives, and those that do not want to move away from their home communities, the IPRM Program offers a blended learning program. Students travel to Saskatoon only three (3) times a year. Each time they are in Saskatoon they will participate in a two-week classroom- based experience. Classroom hours are comprised of lectures, labs and field trips.

Upon completion of the two-week in-class experience, students are provided with take home final exams to work on while they are back in their home communities.

Those who complete the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program (IPRMP) will be eligible to apply for the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) offered by the National Aborignal Lands Management Association (NALMA).  The IPRMP satisfies post-secondary, level-one requirements, allowing graduates to register in the PLMCP Level Two: Technical Training developed and delivered by NALMA.  For more information: http://www.nalma.ca/certification

2015-2016 Calendar


Sample Schedule for IPRM Module I (PDF)
Sample Schedule for IPRM Module II (PDF)
Sample Schedule for IPRM Module III (PDF)


Students must meet University of Saskatchewan admission requirements in mature admissions categories.   To apply, go the University of Saskatchewan Admissions webpage: www.explore.usask.ca/admissions

Application for the 2015-16 sessions are now closed.  Please check back in October, to register for the 2016-17 session.

For more information:
Telephone: (306) 978-8556 or (306) 966-4041
Fax: (306) 978-8551
Email: iprm.office@usask.ca


IPRM 100.3 Introduction to Legal Concepts in Resource Management - A study of the land systems used in Canada historically and comparatively as well as a look at the development and impact of legislation on Aboriginal people in Canada and recognition of traditional law. This course is designed to introduce students to various legal systems, international, national and local.  Students will learn the basics of legal systems and structures and how jurisdiction and consultation have emerged as legal doctrines in Canada as well as how they impact on decisions and processes used by land and resource managers.
IPRM 101.3 Introduction to Management Issues - Students will be exposed to concepts of leadership, managing democratically, and conflict management.  Economic considerations will concentrate on teaching students how to manage and interpret financial information.  Fundamentals learned in this class will allow land managers to work with business plans, and be able to assess financial potential for resource development projects.
IPRM 102.3 Economics and Planning I - Introduces students to basic biophysical and economic theory underlying natural resource management and legal rules enabling or constraining management decisions.  Instruction will focus on case studies and will involve a field trip component.  Economic and legal theory will be integrated with the study of physical, biological and ecological components of resources studied.
IPRM 103.3 Environmental Studies II- Field Study - Introduces students to principles of sustainable development of land, water and forests.  Students will become familiar with basic components of soil and be able to recognize factors affecting productivity and land value as well as important environmental issues associated with managing a large land base.  The course will investigate components of agricultural production systems and the relationship of agriculture to its environment, surface and subsurface water quantity and quality, forest ecology and sustainable forest management.  Emphasis will be placed on methods of gathering information in addition to laboratory exercises and field trips.
IPRM 200.3 Legal Instruments and Process in Resource Management - A study of real property law in Canada using specific examples.  Students will examine a number of real property issues facing Aboriginal people and land by examining instruments in detail, including ways of holding property, property transfer, property rights, taxation and property responsibility and obligations.
IPRM 210.3 Resource Management Project Assessment - Incorporates learning from previous courses in the IPRM Certificate Program.  Students will take a project from their reserve and using tools learned, evaluate and assess the proposed project:  legally, economically, and environmentally.  Students will research land, history, market and impact of the proposal to determine pros and cons of the proposal.  Written and oral presentations are required.


"What an experience and wealth of knowledge gain attending the U of S - IPRM program has been. The Networking gained Nationally with other First Nations was an awesome and unexpected surprise of which I still utilize today. Land Stewardship and Sustainability are important to First Nations people for continuing generations to manage their lands and to become self sufficient."

Denise Pelletier- Aboriginal Program Advisory Group Member 
Cowessess First Nation 

"Attending the IPRM program has given me tools for life and awakened all my senses to the land and its resources, especially in the territory that I live in.  I felt that I had a special connection to the land and its resources because I grew up playing within it.  The courses were very exciting for me and the following were just some of the many skills I learned: I can now see oil in terms of various land uses, measure the trees to see how old they are, research issues that are important to my people and future generations whether it involves case law, management or policy.  New knowledge is always hard to absorb, however, this course made the material relevant to my territory so I could relate and learn at the same time.  Thank you for allowing me to attend this wonderful program.  Lim Limpt (Thank you in Okanagan)."

Glenda Paul- Lands Officer 
Penticton Indian Band
British Columbia

"Undertaking the IPRM program was an eye-opener of what it takes to enter into the Professional Land Management function, within our First Nation.  As I challenged the IPRM program, I have gained so much knowledge that I can utilize within my Nation, thanks to all the staff and classmates I encountered."

Sarah Big Plume- Executive Assistant/Environmental Liaison/ Tech-Writer
TsuuT'ina First Nation

"IPRM is a certificate program in land management consisting of six courses.  The program opens one's eyes regarding the management of reserve lands.  It helped me in the management of my reserve lands in McLeod Lake B.C. The courses teach us to understand the legal issues related to the management of lands and the ways of doing business on-reserve.  It helped us to gain skills in the following areas: budgets, following time lines, keeping track of land management activities and many other skills.  The staff were always there to provide assistance.  It is a great place to learn how to manage your lands"

Alex Chingee
British Columbia