Let us take care of the land
The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (KA) Program is a uniquely designed certificate program focused on providing a broad range of topic areas specific to the management of lands and resources. The program examines basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal Rights, Strategic Planning, Land Use Planning, Traditional Knowledge, Resource Management, Intellectual Property Law and project management.
The target audience for this certificate is:
- Land managers
- Land and economic development staff
- Executive and leadership (chief and council)
- Urban and rural youth
- Federal and provincial government staff
- Individuals interested in working with Aboriginal communities
The program has hosted over 200 grads since inception, with students attending from every corner of Canada. The unique delivery model accommodates students offering a blended learning format to accommodate the professional work lives of the students. Students will be expected to travel to Saskatoon, at their own expense, three (3) times a year (January, April, July). In addition, students will be provided with a take home final exam to work on while they are back in their home communities for the duration of the course.
The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Program satisfies post-secondary, level-one requirements, therefore upon completion of the KA certificate, students will be eligible to pursue additional learning opportunities for further development:
- NALMA: Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP), Level Two: Technical Training
- College of Agriculture and Bioresources: Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management or Aboriginal Lands Governance
Students must meet University of Saskatchewan admission requirements in mature admissions categories.
Course descriptions and information is available in the course catalogue.
The sample schedule is typically what a two-week in-person schedule would look like. The classes may vary depending on instructors.
First Nations students attending the PLSNP who are status should apply for funding from their bands or local educational authorities.
Non-status and Métis students should apply for scholarships from Indspire.
Those who do not meet Indspire or band funding criteria should look into student loans or other scholarships and bursaries for which they might be eligible. Other bursaries can be found through the Government of Canada Aboriginal Bursaries Program and through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Post-Secondary Student Support Program.