1. Graduate Diplomas in Indigenous Policy and Administration

2. Master of Public Policy and Administration: Concentration in Indigenous Policy and Administration

Our graduate programs in Indigenous Policy and Administration (IPA) prepare students to be innovators and leaders in First Nation, Métis and Inuit governments and organizations, as well as in the other governments and organizations that work with Indigenous communities.

We offer two graduate diplomas in Indigenous Policy and Administration as well as course electives in IPA as part of our Master of Public Policy and Administration. These programs recognize that the environment of Indigenous policy and administration continues to evolve: Supreme Court decisions on land and rights issues; self-government and nation-building challenges; foundational shifts in Federal, provincial and territorial policies and laws related to various Indigenous issues; and a young, educated and growing Indigenous population. Such developments increase the need for leaders who can work in this fluid environment with a level of cultural competency and an understanding of Indigenous history, law, economics and politics that go beyond a simple awareness of Aboriginal issues.

The Màmìwininìmowin (Algonquin language) concept of aditawazi nisoditadiwin captures the idea of being between two worlds with a comprehension of both. The IPA programs reflect this concept, providing students with the tools, knowledge and capacity to bridge multiple worldviews, and enabling managers and administrators who work in Indigenous governance and administration to strengthen their organizations and incorporate community-based, Indigenous knowledge.

These necessary skills include understanding the complexity of First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) history, politics and contemporary structures. And they involve financial management, community development, organizational design and leadership. We believe that such competencies – whether cultural or contextual, conceptual or applied – are essential for today’s professionals working in or with Indigenous governments and organizations.

The IPA programs will be of interest to anyone who aspires to be a leader and innovator in Indigenous policy and administration.

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Contact us

School of Public Policy and Administration
Room 5224, River Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K1S 5B6
Phone: (613) 520-2600 Ext. 8837
Fax: (613) 520-2551
Email: ipa@carleton.ca