The Indigenous Policy and Administration program begins with a Summer Institute held in the first two weeks of June. You will register in one or two courses. Each features Indigenous community-based learning and guest lectures, requiring residency in Ottawa for one or two weeks, depending on the number of courses you are registered in. Although both courses require a week on campus each, they continue online for the remaining four weeks of the Summer Institute.

PADM 5711 “Indigenous-State Relations: Governance and Policy History” begins the first week of June. This course is an introduction to pre-contact history of select Indigenous nations and peoples and an overview of the contact period. Contrasting approaches to understanding foundational events are presented. Students are required to be on campus Monday to Friday, and we host an orientation on Sunday, the day before the first class.

PADM 5713 “Leadership and Management in Indigenous Organizations and Governments” begins the second week of June on campus from Monday to Friday. It covers leadership, organizational development and innovation in various cultural contexts relevant to Indigenous peoples.

The summer institute is a high point of the program. It offers students a chance to meet in person and engage in learning over a two-week period at the beginning of their program. Learning is a collective journey. And the program offers such an opportunity through two intensive courses, each taking up one week of the institute.


Accommodation is reserved for IPA students at Carleton University’s residences. Traditional rooms are available in Lennox and Addington residences and suites in Frontenac. Included in the rate of the room is a buffet-style breakfast in Residence Commons, as well as daily housekeeping, linens and towels. More information will be sent to incoming students by email.

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