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Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) Level 1

Algoma University (AU) and its Department of Geography & Geology signed a MOU with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) in September 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to provide Level I of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP).

In May 2019, the Department of Geography & Geology launched Level 1 of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Level 1 comprises of 6 three-credit courses over approximately a year that introduces students to the basics of land management with a strong focus on indigenous and cross-cultural context. Hands-on activities, land-based learning, and knowledge-keeper visits are key parts of the curriculum. The first three courses are one-week intensives held at our Sault Ste. Marie campus. Following that, there will be two online courses, one in the fall term, and the second in the winter term. To complete Level 1, students can take a practicum or they can come back to the campus for one more final one-week intensive.

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”) is available for students wishing to have a more in-depth orientation to the course material in advance of the beginning of the first and second Level 1 courses. Students will be supported by an Anishinaabe Initiatives Division Academic Advisor throughout their studies. Registration for the Akii & Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 1 courses is now open until April 24, 2020 (first course starts May 24).

All students who complete Level 1 have an opportunity to receive a Level 1 Certificate granted by NALMA. Once students complete their Level 1, they can continue on to Level 2 which is offered by NALMA and if successful receive their Professional Lands Management Certification from NALMA. Students who do end up completing Level 2, can use their Level 1 and 2 courses towards the completion of a degree program at Algoma University (36 credits can be applied towards a degree).

We also offer the Akii and Environmental Stewardship Certificate (30 credits) which comprises the 18 credits from Level 1, plus the addition of 4 other courses (GEOG coded or other approved courses) (12 credits). If students complete the Akii and Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 2, they can apply 48 credits towards a degree program of their choice at Algoma University.




705-949-2301 ext. 4374

Email: land1@algomau.ca


Anishinaabe Academic Success Advisor

Email: Bonnie.Gaikezheyongai@algomau.ca


Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Schedule for Level 1 – 2020/2021

2019/2020 Cohort

Course 6: Climate Change & Communities : Vulnerabilities, Impacts + Adaptations (GEOG 3596)

Monday, May 4 to to Friday May 8, 2020


2020/2021 Cohort

Optional Pre-Course Readiness “Zhii Taadaa” – Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23, 2020

Welcome and Orientation: Sunday, May 24 in Afternoon (orientation and introductions and BBQ)


Course 1: Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – Sunday, May 24 to Friday, May 29, 2020


Optional Pre-Course Readiness “Zhii Taadaa” for GIS Course – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Course 2: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – Friday, June 12 to Friday, June 19, 2020


Course 3: Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management (GEOG 3307): Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 4, 2020


Course 4: Natural Resources: Policy and Practice (GEOG 4407) – Fall Term 2020 online


Course 5: Community Planning in an Indigenous Context (GEOG 3036) – Winter Term 2021 online


Course 6: Course To Be Announced – early May 2021

Pre-Course University Readiness Session

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”)

Dates: Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Algoma University

To sign-up for the pre-course session, please call 705-949-2301 ext. 4374 or email land1@algomau.ca by Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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The Land Stewardship Fund will be used to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in The Land Stewardship Certificate Program. Financial assistance in the amount of $250 will be provided from the fund to four students with a demonstrated financial need in one of the following areas:  assistance with transportation costs, assistance with accommodations or assistance with tuition fees. Preference will be given to First Nations, Mètis or Inuit students.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in the May 24-29, 2020 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts” for credit.

Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to awards@algomau.ca.  Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding this application form, or require information on scholarships and bursaries, please contact Rita Vacirca at awards@algomau.ca or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4723.



View our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

For first-time Algoma University students, you can apply at anytime. Once you have applied and been admitted, you can register for level 1 courses beginning on February 10, 2020, until April 24, 2020.