The Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Certificate (IPRM) is offered in partnership between the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA), to First Nations land managers from across Canada.

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.


Students must meet University of Saskatchewan admission requirements in special/mature admissions categories. For more information refer to the University of Saskatchewan website: http://www.usask.ca.

Applications Package (PDF)

The application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is February 1, 2014.

Applications can be faxed to the IPRMP office at (306) 978-8551 or mailed to
Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program 

College of Agriculture and Bioresources 

University of Saskatchewan 

51 Campus Drive 

Saskatoon SK S7N 5A8

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 Environmental Studies: Economics/Law - 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 Resource and Environmental Studies - 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.


"The IPRM Program courses have enabled me, as a First Nation lands manager, to develop increased capacity and expertise in the area of aboriginal lands management, and has helped me to provide meaningful assistance to our community at a complex stage in the evolution of our lands management regime. The courses have conveyed integrated training in the areas of aboriginal rights and title issues, sustainable management of ecosystems, key considerations for economic development initiatives and provided valuable knowledge in the area of consultations, planning and natural resources management. The program has integrated the subjects in an excellent approach to facilitate immediate application of the skills gained, to direct on the job application. The results have been effective in helping our community move forward more efficiently in decision-making processes that address environmental and natural resources management issues."

Esther Osche 
Whitefish River First Nation 
Birch Island, Ontario

"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 
Cowessess First Nation

"The knowledge and experience that I have gained while studying at the University of Saskatchewan has been extraordinary and the staff helping with the IPRM program were very helpful. The friends and memories will stay with me forever."

Gino Clement 
Listuguj First Nation 

"All First Nations involved with any form of land management will benefit from the courses offered at the U of S. The range of benefits covers the spectrum of land management - from financial management to the all-important ecosystem and the life that exists within."

Calvin C. George 
Tsleil-Waututh First Nation 
North Vancouver


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