Indigenous Community-Industry Relations (ICIR) Certificate or Indigenous Community Engagement Citation (ICE)

The Program

If you are looking for information on the program please visit the UofA Extension School website.

Check back regularly for additional course offerings and class information.

Course Offerings:

NEW!! Indian Trust Funds & Agreements

Next week (April 12-15) – this course is being offered at the UofA, Faculty of Extension – there are still spots available to register.

Course Title: Current Issues in Indigenous Relations: Indian Trust Fund & Agreements – EXARE 4655

Instructor(s): Lawyer Sharon Venne, Chief Wallace Fox

This course will focus on a review of the history of the British Crown entering into Treaties with Indian Nations.  The entering into Treaty created a trust relationship that Canada has failed as a trustee leading to long term poverty and dependence among Treaty peoples’. The course will also review the reasons for creating these trust accounts for First Nations that entered into Treaties.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how the Treaty relationship created trust accounts for First Nations, the lack of accounting of these monies from Canada and how this contributes to ongoing dispossession of lands, poverty among First Nations and continued oppression through Canada’s legal framework.

​Contact for registration form and fee information.​

The Environment and Livelihood course will be held in Cold Lake. The dates are May 31 to June 3rd. The fee is $1,145.00 which includes the first evening meal, 3 breakfasts and two lunches and a feast. Students pay and book their own hotel room.

In September we will offer a new elective on Indigenous Leadership (not sure of title yet). It will be offered September 13 to 16th in Edmonton. Fee is $895.00.

October 14 to 17 is the Worldview & History course in Jasper AB, The fee is $1,145.00 which includes the first evening meal, 3 breakfasts and two lunches. Students pay and book their own hotel room.

November 20 – 23 will be the Indigenous Law, Lands & Current Industry-Government Relations course in Edmonton. Fee is $895.00.


January 17 – 20 will be Community & Economic Development course. Fee is $895.00

February, either the Organizational Culture, Negotiation Preparedness course or the Indian Trust course.

The fall/winter schedule will open mid to late May. If there is a course you are interested in taking please contact the registrar who send you the registration form. You can’t register online. 


Carrie Sawatsky, Indigenous Programs

Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta

10230 – Jasper Avenue

Edmonton AB  T5J 4P6

Phone: 780-492-7237


Credential Recognition – the Why of ICIR and ICE

Our members have told us that the formation of a Credential Recognition program is important to them. To that end we have established a Credential Recognition Committee. This committee has held workshops, sent out surveys, conducted personal interviews and compiled the information in an effort to decide what is the best course of action.

In January 2010 CFAR contracted Talking Stick to help move the Credential Recognition initiative forward. Talking Stick has done research and held focus groups, developed a draft code of ethics, developed a Designation Process Framework, developed a list of Core Competencies  and made recommendations to the board of directors. On October 25, 2011 a meeting was held with the CFAR board of directors to provide an update on where we are at in our Credential Recognition initiative, finalize the draft code of ethics and to solicit feedback before proceeding with further efforts.

In 2013 and in 2014 Dr. Patricia Makokis and Dr. Fay Fletcher, after a significant amount of work and research, and conversations, conducted updated workshops on the Credential Recognition program at our Annual Conference in September. The workshops were very well received.

Continuing into 2014, Dr. Patricia Makokis is working diligently to produce a delivery model for the Credential Recognition program. Realizing the importance of being able to deliver a model that meets the needs of all of our Stakeholders is a tremendous challenge, and we can say confidently that we are making significant progress.

ICIR History

ACIR (now ICIR) Certificate Launch

On September 17, 2015 CFAR and the University of Alberta (UofA) launched the Aboriginal Community-Industry Relations (ACIR) Certificate program at the Annual CFAR Conference in Edmonton. The UofA Faculty of Extension posted a blog on the launch of the program, explaining how it has arrived as a timely response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s call to action.

2015 UofA - AREP_PullupBanner_v3_rgbThe TRC report asks all Canadians to take “steps toward reconciliation, noting that ‘this will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.’ Designed as a catalyst for community engagement between Aboriginal people, industry, and government.” Additional photos of the launch can be found here.


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Carrie Sawatsky, Indigenous Programs
Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
10230 – Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4P6
Phone: 780-492-7237

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.


ACIR Cohort
The First ICIR Cohort