Indigenous Community-Industry Relations (ICIR) Certificate

Credential Recognition

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.

ACIR 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.

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:

History & Worldviews ~ Oct 16, 2016

Indigenous Laws, Lands and Current Industry Relations ~ Dec 5, 2017

Community and Economic Development ~ Jan 11, 2018

Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness ~ March 1, 2018

Environment and Livelihood ~ May 31, 2018

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ACIR Cohort
The First ICIR Cohort