Level 1 consists of 6 three-credit courses over approximately a year that introduce 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 presentations are key parts of the curriculum. The first course will be held online June 1-July 10, and the second online from July 15-August 25, 2020. There will be three more online courses, two in the fall term, and the third in the winter term. To complete Level 1, there will be one final course in the spring of 2021 (in-person or online to be determined closer to that date).
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. This year, Zhii Taadaa will be integrated into the first online course in June. 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 June 9, 2020 (please endeavour to register before this date as the first course starts on June 1).
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.
“Since I had not been back to school for many years, I was getting very nervous and stressed as the first day of school was approaching... I strongly suggest to anyone going back to school to take the Pre course Readiness Session... [Zhii Taadaa]. I guarantee you your transition will be so much smoother.”
Schedule for Level 1 – 2020/2021
Course 6: Climate Change & Communities : Vulnerabilities, Impacts + Adaptations (GEOG 3596)
ONLINE – June 1 – July 10, 2020
Course 1: Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – ONLINE – June 1 – July 10, 2020
Course 2: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – ONLINE – July 15-August 25, 2020
Course 3: Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management (GEOG 3307): Expected to be Offered ONLINE in the Fall 2020 Term (to be approved)
Course 4: Environmental Stewardship: 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 email@example.com by Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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 June 1-July 10, 2020 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts” for credit.
Application Deadline: June 2, 2020
Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4723.
Download the LAND STEWARDSHIP FUND IN-COURSE BURSARY APPLICATION FORM 2020 (xlsx)
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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 until June 9, 2020.