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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 will be launching 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 of 2019, and the second in the winter term of 2020. 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 is already open, and registration for Level 1 courses will be open shortly.

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.




Anishinaabe Outreach Of­ficer

705-949-2301 ext. 3151

Email: indigenous@algomau.ca


Anishinaabe Academic Success Advisor

Email: Bonnie.Gaikezheyongai@algomau.ca

Schedule for Level 1 – 2019/2020

Optional Pre-Course Readiness “Zhii Taadaa” – Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

Welcome and Orientation: Sunday, May 12 in Afternoon (orientation and introductions and BBQ)


Course 1: Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17, 2019

Optional Pre-Course Readiness “Zhii Taadaa” for GIS Course – Saturday, June 15, 2019


Course 2: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019

  • Course to Include Special Activities to Observe Friday, June 21


Course 3: Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management (GEOG 3307): Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30, 2019

  • Additional Optional Opportunity: Stay to attend Batchewana First Nation’s Traditional Pow Wow, Labour Day Weekend!


Course 4: Natural Resources: Policy and Practice (GEOG 4407) – Fall Term 2019 online


Course 5: Community Planning (GEOG 4816) – Winter Term 2020 online


Course 6:

Option 1: Geography Practicum (GEOG 3016) –  Format and Dates To Be Determined


Option 2: Climate Change & Communities: Vulnerabilities, Impacts & Adaptations (GEOG 3596) – Dates To Be Announced


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.