Course Description

Bring leadership back to core values.  This intensive micro-credential in Indigenous leadership, developed and taught by instructors with a strong connection to their own Indigenous teachings and heritage, seeks to guide learners as they learn to apply core cultural values to the day-to-day operations of a busy workplace.  Beginning with a centering in self-knowledge and cultural teachings, this micro-credential will widen to encompass communication and relationships with coworkers, clients, and guests.  Learners will leave this course ready to face the unique challenges and opportunities of leading in an Indigenous workplace. 

Modules in this program will include: 

  • Self-Knowledge and Indigenous Teachings 

  • Positive Communication 

  • Trauma-Informed Relationships 

  • Self-Management 

  • Emotional and Physical Safety in the Workplace 

  • Learning from Conflict and Crises 

  • Capstone Project 

Learner Outcomes

 Upon completion of this micro-credential, learners will be better able to: 

  • Take inventory of their own skills and knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses 

  • Describe ways that Indigenous teachings inform their own leadership practice 

  • Describe the elements of successful communication 

  • Identify and describe strategies for course-correcting unsuccessful communications 

  • Understand and articulate the role trauma plays in relationships and the personal, interpersonal, and managerial strategies that build trust and safety in workplace relationships 

  • Define personal responsibilities in different areas of life 

  • Identify habits that interfere with self-awareness and self-regulation, and strategies to overcome these challenges 

  • Describe pathways to accurate self-assessment 

  • Identify methods for engaging in self-care 

  • Identify workplace hazards to the mental and physical wellbeing of employees, clients, and visitors 

  • Develop framework for emotionally, physically safe workplaces 

  • Employ assessment strategies to depersonalize conflicts and crises and develop SMART goals for future interactions 

  • Describe methodologies for applying previous learnings to future goals 

 Participation in journaling exercises and talking circles sharing both reflection on the material learned, and on the experience of putting each week’s learning into practice in the workplace. Each week, students will be challenged to examine, challenge, and amend their own leadership practice through cues and prompts offered by the instructor. 


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We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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