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Friday, October 25 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Bridging Experiences with Indigenous Communities: Experiential and Place-Based Learning in NW BC

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Our presentation explores a community-based, experiential education program from multiple viewpoints within the community and institution partners. The Certificate in Cultural and Natural Resources Assessment (CCNRA) is a for-credit, seven-month program funded through the Aboriginal Community-based Training Program administered by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The CCNRA provides students with the knowledge and skills to work as field technicians and conduct biophysical and cultural inventories. Graduates of the program have found employment with Indigenous and non-Indigenous owned environmental services companies in environmental monitoring and assessments primarily related to liquefied natural gas project development. The employment rate among graduates is over 90% and includes students from the Kitselas, Haisla, Gitga’at, and Métis Nations. The provision of university credits to successful students creates a potential pathway to future education and career growth.  

The impetus behind the development of the program was driven largely by the community partner (Kitselas Nation) but the institutional partner (Professional and Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University) had primary responsibility for program design and implementation.

This presentation examines the CCNRA program from multiple perspectives through a variety of questions including:
  • How did the experience of program collaboration differ between the partners? 
  • What are the successful markers of an experiential, place-based in-community educational program?
  • How was Indigenous culture reflected in the program? 
  • To what degree can the program be considered to have reached the level of a genuine partnership? 
  • Looking ahead, how can community and institutional partners set the stage for student-focused, impactful programs in community? 


Tim Brigham

Royal Roads University

Friday October 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
Waap Amgam, House of Cedar: Rm 1119

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