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NEW & FREE: Certificate in Indigenous Environmental Leadership Pathways


Free, 100% Online Indigenous Environmental Leadership Program

The School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, in partnership with ECO Canada, has launched a new online, undergraduate program in Indigenous Environmental Leadership. The program is designed to prepare Indigenous learners to work with environmental organizations in their communities and nations to identify and address environmental challenges.

The online program highlights how Indigenous Environmental Leadership has been critical in the protection of biodiversity across North America despite challenges colonialism has imposed on Indigenous people’s relationship to the land. The program considers various approaches to protect, maintain, and restore ecosystems in communities and territories, as well as new approaches to addressing environmental challenges including climate change, species loss and land and water degradation.

This first pilot program is offered for free and students will receive $1,000 to assist with costs of their placement which takes place in the final course. 

To join the pilot program, students must:

After the pilot program, there will be no age restrictions. 

This course will start on August 8th, 2022 and finish in June 2023.

Download the program overview for more information.

What Does This Program Cover?

This program is designed and taught by Indigenous scholars and is based on Indigenous science, knowledge, values and laws. It is overseen by an advisory circle of Indigenous scholars, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, leaders and practitioners as well as local advisors from the learners’ communities. 

The four courses in the Certificate in Indigenous Environmental Leadership Pathways program are:

For all courses, local mentors will be identified to mentor individual students or cohorts of students in their home community.

How To Apply

Please send this completed application form, as well as a
letter of reference from a community member to: 

The application deadline is July 24th, 2022. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please note: the application form works best on a computer rather than a phone.

Ready to take the next step?

The next intake starts January 10, 2022. Apply today through the Royal Roads University website.