Indigenous Land Stewardship

Credential: Certificate  Ι  Credits: 30.0  Ι  Offered: September to May for campus and online programs

Program Description

The Indigenous Land Stewardship (ILS) program offers students career preparation in land and resource management as well as a gateway to higher education. This one-year certificate program consists of ten courses rooted in Indigenous knowledge of land, community, and ecology.

Online Course

The ILS Online certificate program may be joined by students from anywhere with Internet access. Course content is identical to the regular ILS certificate program but offered entirely online. Asynchronous delivery means lessons are available anytime, but course work and assignments follow the same weekly schedule as the regular program. Students may enroll part-time in individual ILS Online courses, taking up to three years to complete the certificate requirement of passing all ten courses.

Environmental Studies - Indigenous Land Stewardship Program  


Career Path

Program graduates find jobs with employers involved in land and resource administration including First Nations bands; resource, utility, and land development companies; environmental groups; municipalities; non-profit organizations and others.

University Transfers

Indigenous Land Stewardship graduates may further their post-secondary studies through block credit transfer agreements with our academic partners. ILS credits can be counted towards degrees at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the ILS Certificate program, graduates will be able to: 
  •  Apply Indigenous principles of stewardship to land and resource management
  • Practice skills from multiple knowledge systems (Indigenous and Western scientific) for respectful cross-cultural engagement
  •  Explain the effects of colonialism on traditional land management and the implications of recent legal decisions
  •  Synthesize traditional and contemporary methods of Indigenous land mapping and knowledge sharing
  •  Contribute to the design, planning, and development of projects on Indigenous and other lands that address environmental challenges
  •  Articulate the benefits of an ecosystem approach to land and resource decisions
  •  Engage in key issues relevant to Indigenous communities based on traditional principles of environmental and social justice
  •  Use persuasive oral and written communication to convey ideas, proposals, arguments, and solutions to meet environmental challenges

Program Summary


9 Months


September to May








Admission Requirements


How to Apply

High School Applicants
  • Grade 12 completion and transcript
  • English 12 "C" grade or higher
  • Letter of Intent
Mature Applicants
  • 19 years old or older (no grade 12)
  • Completed written assessment with a "C" grade or higher
  • Letter of Intent

Online: Complete and submit your Online Application

In-Person: 235 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC. (We are located just off Main Street)

By Fax: Fax your application to our admissions office at (604) 873-1440

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Course Schedule

Term 1 - September

ILS 100

Introduction to Land Stewardship

70 hrs

ILS 110

Academic English

70 hrs

ILS 120

Indigenous Environmental Knowledge

70 hrs

ILS 130


70 hrs

Term 2 - January

ILS 140

Climate Crises Strategies

70 hrs

ILS 150

Indigenous Governance, Law and the Environment

70 hrs

ILS 160

Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Land Stewardship

70 hrs

ILS 170

Leadership and Program Management

70 hrs

Term 3 - April 

ILS 180

Field Studies - Contemporary Indigenous Mapping

50 hrs

ILS 190

Field Studies - Community-Based Planning

50 hrs

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This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328