NOTE: Intake is currently not available for this program.

Are you ready to lead the way?

Are you a diploma or degree holder and want to expand your knowledge of Indigenous governance? Is your goal to help enhance public policy for government, Indigenous communities, and businesses? Do you have a passion for improving the socio-economic well-being of Indigenous people?

Confederation College’s Indigenous Governance and Public Administration is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program for post-diploma students who want to expand their skill set in this highly specialized area. The program will prepare you for future leadership and policy-making roles teaching you how to build, manage and sustain effective partnerships involving Indigenous communities and organizations, public-sector organizations, business and industry, and educational institutions.

The opportunity for a 6-9 month ministry internship may be available upon completion of the program.

Full-time & Part-time options available  …


  • Access a wealth of practical knowledge from Confederation College’s 50 years in partnering with 60+ Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario

  • Learn and network with course instructors, expert presenters, Indigenous community leaders, and other students who are all focused on developing the next generation of leaders

  • Graduates have an opportunity to complete a 6-9 month work internship within a provincial government ministry

  • Employment opportunities span a wide variety of sectors and positions

As an Indigenous woman who works daily in areas of governance, I have personally a...

Read More
Wendy Landry photo

Wendy Landry

Mayor, Shuniah

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are well positioned to work in public sector agencies, ministries, corporations, and organizations that have a significant level of interaction with Indigenous communities and organizations, including the Ontario Ministries of Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, Community and Social Services, Economic Development and Growth, Health and Long-Term Care, Environment and Climate Change, and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

For employment within the private sector, graduates have employment opportunities with resource-based companies in mining, forestry, energy, transportation, construction, environmental, and corporate social responsibility.

Employment opportunities within Indigenous communities and organizations are in areas of socio-economic development, education, health, social services, and band management.

Related Programs