The Towards Truth and Reconciliation Certificate aims to develop an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and connecting to support students to work in a good way with Indigenous people in their personal and professional lives. This program is designed to help individuals and leaders from all industries. You will reflect upon and apply learnings to organizational policy and process development, recruitment, and retention strategies for Indigenous employees, and Indigenous community engagement.
Much like the work that the University of Calgary has undertaken to develop its institutional strategy, ii' taa'poh'to'p, this certificate will guide individuals and leaders from all industries to begin the work that will support their organizations in continuing the transformative journey of walking parallel paths.
This program explores the Indigenous way of knowing, being, doing, and connecting. It requires humble, self-reflective, respectful, and curious participants.
By completion of this program, successful learners will be able to:
- Recognize and gain insight into Indigenous worldviews, including history, realities, and ways of knowing, being, doing, and connecting
- Understand the history, experiences, and cultures of Indigenous people to walk parallel paths
- Incorporate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action to support Indigenous inclusion in the workplace
- Develop a toolkit based on learnings about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous perspectives to address issues within industries, including closing the gaps for Indigenous people
- Recognize personal and professional biases that have been created within industries to engage in conversations and processes that reduce racism in the workplace
- Prioritize reconciliation within the workplace
- Develop strategies that integrate appropriate Indigenous perspectives to enhance the workplace for Indigenous people
- Analyze current strategies and documents to support organizations, corporations, governments, institutions, and non-profits in journeys toward reconciliation
- Prioritize communications with Indigenous people and communities
This program is perfect if you...
- Want to understand the history and realities of Indigenous people to improve relations in your personal and/or professional life
- Want to take action toward reconciliation
- Want to explore tools and techniques to build effective and equitable relationships with Indigenous people
- Would like to support change within policies and processes to create safe and inclusive workplaces for Indigenous people
- Would like to develop and implement strategies to support Indigenous people
What will I get?
Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate.
Courses in this program are delivered online synchronously. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.
You should plan on studying and working approximately 4 hours per week per course.
Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.
Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online
7 Courses, 103 Hours
All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. Towards Truth and Reconciliation Certificate is a 103-hour program.
The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term (four courses a year), you will likely complete the program in time frame. You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.
The program's duration is subject to the pace of individual students. Depending on the rate of progression, the program can take more or less time to complete. If you take all courses one after the other, you can expect to finish the program in 6 months.
The approximate cost to complete Towards Truth and Reconciliation Certificate is $3,300.
This includes the $105 admission fee.
You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.
To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older
- Grade 12 diploma (recommended)
- Relevant work experience (recommended)
- If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements
Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.Apply for Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 30 hours towards this program.Apply for Advanced Standing
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit
The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 30 hours for this program.
Each year, scholarships and awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for the following awards:
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
See Graduation for details.