June in Vancouver | Indigenous Governance Certificate

Program Description

The Beedie School of Business is excited to launch a new program in 2018 called June in Vancouver (JiV). June in Vancouver is a two-week interactive program offering a series of eight non-credit courses in the area of Indigenous governance, economic development, and business. The program is offered in partnership with January in Tucson, a program of the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the University of Arizona. Students who complete six courses in either program are eligible for a non-credit certificate from the Native Nations Institute. The JiV program provides professional development opportunities for Indigenous leaders and those working in the area of Indigenous affairs based on the best available research. JiV is not only a venue for the dissemination of best practices in Indigenous governance and business but also provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to engage in thoughtful discourse. In Canada, there is currently nothing like JiV offered by another university.

Non-Credit Certificate:

  • No college/university pre-requisites.
  • Completion of six of the offered courses and corresponding assignments are needed to receive a certificate from the Native Nations Institute
  • Class attendance and participation required.
  • Pass/fail only.

Partnership with Native Nations Institute

The Beedie School of Business offers the JiV program in partnership with the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, their world-renowned faculty, and the success of their January in Tucson program. The Native Nations Institute was created in 2001 as an offshoot of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED). Since 1987, HPAIED has become the world's leading project for applied research on self-determining and sustainable economic development for Native Nations in the United States. JiV offers courses taught by core faculty members from the NNI and the HPAIED, including Stephen Cornell as well as Indigenous leaders from Canada ensuring that courses take into account the particular political, cultural and legal frameworks that Nations here must navigate. All classes are built upon the HPAIED’s guiding principle that “a nation-building approach understands that tribes are not merely interest groups, but governing nations confronting classic problems of human societies.”

Who is JiV for?

The JiV program is designed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders in BC and throughout Canada who have an interest in further learning about economic development and leadership based on the best research available. The core curriculum is designed to strengthen Indigenous nations concerned with self-determination, self-governance and to help facilitate the development of their nation-building objectives as a community. JiV is also intended for non-Indigenous people from all sectors working with Indigenous communities and who wish to build a renewed and positive relationship with Indigenous communities.

What Will I learn?

Classes include topics such as leadership, management, and entrepreneurship, natural resource management, corporate engagement and CSR, as well as, conflict management and Indigenous epistemologies and ethics. Take one class or take all eight courses!

We respectfully acknowledge that the Beedie School of Business resides on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.


Registration will open at the end of January. 

To sign-up before registration opens, email natiea_mr@sfu.ca

At a Glance

  • Part-time, varied schedule
  • Two weeks
  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: $950 per course

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