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About Indigenous Leadership and Management at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located on the lands of Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge the
past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations who help
us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.

Our home has a long history as a sacred gathering place for trade, sharing, visions, ceremony, and celebration. That tradition continues today as leaders, artists, and thinkers of all disciplines meet here
to realize their creative potential.


Indigenous Leadership and Management programs at Banff Centre provide leaders an opportunity to
gain a better understanding of how to establish a strategic direction for their communities and
organizations, implement that plan through focused effort, and measure performance. Leaders also
learn the knowledge and skills necessary to run effective organizations and build communities with
sustainable economies. With investment in their professional development, community leaders will
have additional knowledge and tools to achieve incredible change and growth.


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Indigenous Leadership and Management Programs:

  • Best Practices in Indigenous Business and Economic Development
  • Establishing Institutions of Good Governance
  • Good Governance for Councils and Boards
  • Indigenous Leadership and Management Development
  • Indigenous Negotiation Skills Training
  • Indigenous Strategic Planning
  • Indigenous Women in Leadership
  • Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance


Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence

To recognize a commitment to continued education, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity awards a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence to individuals who have successfully completed a total of six Indigenous Leadership Programs. In order to complete the certificate you will need to take three compulsory programs and three addi­tional programs from the options available.


How to Register

Interested in taking an Indigenous Leadership and Management program at Banff Centre, but not sure how to get started? Visit our website, or contact Alexia McKinnon, personal learning advisor, by phone at 1.888.255.6327, or email


Custom Indigenous Programs for Your Community

Indigenous Leadership and Management can provide customized programs and applied research in partnership with your organization or community. Many of our public programs offered at Banff Centre can be customized for your community or organization. We can also customize specific modules of our public programs to meet your two- to four-day development needs.


The Best Practices in Rural Alberta Project

The Best Practices in Rural Alberta Project, with funding from Rural Alberta’s Development Fund, is the first project of its kind in Canada, and is intended to provide tools for a systematic approach to understanding critical success factors among best practices in Aboriginal communities. Five Aboriginal communities in Alberta are the focus of a “wise practices” research project led by Aboriginal Leadership and Management at Banff Centre.


Indigenous Arts Programs

Rigorous, transformative programs for Indigenous artists, inspired by Banff’s unique power of place. Informed by Indigenous cultures and worldviews, we offer programs in all disciplines for emerging and established Indigenous artists. Through outstanding performances, concerts, residencies, presentations, workshops, talks and exhibitions, Indigenous Arts contributes to strong and vibrant Indigenous artistic communities in Canada and around the globe.


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