First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate

Become an Indigenous leader.

Learn the skills that will help you in business or Aboriginal* government.

Get a great job working in Aboriginal organizations or governments, run a business and more.

If you’re looking to make a real difference in your community, consider the First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate program. It’s a 60 credit hour program offered by the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton and is developed collaboratively with First Nation communities.

Master business best practices, further your knowledge of Aboriginal history, leadership and languages, and give back to your community.

The First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate program is the only one of its kind in New Brunswick and the Atlantic provinces that will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a career in management, Aboriginal administration and governance, Aboriginal liaison work or entrepreneurship.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of Aboriginal historical, political, legal and economic issues, while acquiring business and managerial techniques that will support you in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations.

Get theoretical and practical
knowledge of Aboriginal laws,
policies, and practices.

Study online at your own
pace, even if you’re already

Learn how to tackle problems
facing today’s Aboriginal
communities using principles
of administration, governance,
and leadership.

Learn how to make real,
positive changes in your
community – now and for
generations to come.

Connect with Mi’kmaq and
Wolastoqey history and
culture through principles of
respect, sharing, harmony,
acceptance and unity in

Stay close to friends and
family while you take
courses from home
or work.

Prepare yourself to become a
next-generation Aboriginal leader.Get More Info to Start Your Application

About the First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate

First Nations Governance and Leadership certificate courses are offered in a variety of subject areas, including:


Traditional and contemporary approaches to
Aboriginal governance and leadership

Aboriginal culture and history, law, and more.

Just some of what you’ll study

Current Topics in

Aspects of
 Aboriginal Culture


Technology in
Governance and

Perspectives and

 and Leadership



Land Claims


Who should take the program?

If you’re interested in Aboriginal issues and are looking to expand your knowledge, the First Nations Governance and Leadership Certificate could be a perfect fit for you. And if you have previous experience in Aboriginal governance and leadership, the Certificate can take your skills to the next level.

Admission requirements

The program is open to high school graduates or mature students as defined in the UNB undergraduate calendar.

Students with previous education can be individually assessed for transfer credit. A maximum of 12 credit hours or the equivalent normally may be transferred from another degree, certificate or similar program taken elsewhere. Transfers are completed on a case by case basis and require approval from the program coordinator.

Be the leader your
community needs.


Contact Program Coordinator, Natasha Brewer, now for more info on the program and getting started with your application.
 +1 506 453-3513

Completing the program

You can complete the program online at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. Take the program part-time or full-time, or even arrange an alternate schedule through consultation with the program coordinator.

All courses are delivered as online courses, meaning you can complete the Certificate from home or work at your own pace.

How long will it take to complete the program?

Courses are generally worth 3 credit hours each.

Part-time students can take up to 9 credit hours per term. At this pace you can complete the program in 5 years – attending only the Fall and Winter terms. You can complete the program even faster if you take additional courses during the Summer term.

Full-time students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, but many take 15 credit hours. At 15 credit hours per term you can complete the program in 3 years – attending only the Fall and Winter terms. You can finish even faster if you choose to take additional courses during the Summer term.

Program fees

Full-time Canadian students taking a minimum of 4 courses per semester will pay approximately $7065 for Fall and Winter terms.

Part-time Canadian students will pay approximately $750 per course.

An additional $100 fee applies for any full-time or part-time Economics or Business Administration course taken online. The fee may apply to courses, as well.

Application guidelines

To ensure your application can be considered before the start of each term, follow these guidelines:

For the Fall term, apply on or before June 1 to start in September.

For the Winter term, apply on or before October 1 to
start in January.

For the Summer term, apply on or before February 1 for
various start dates from May to August.