About Indigenous Leadership and Management at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located on the lands of Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.

Our home has a long history as a sacred gathering place for trade, sharing, visions, ceremony, and celebration. That tradition continues today as leaders, artists, and thinkers of all disciplines meet here to realize their creative potential.

Indigenous Leadership and Management programs at Banff Centre provide leaders an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to establish a strategic direction for their communities and organizations, implement that plan through focused effort, and measure performance. Leaders also learn the knowledge and skills necessary to run effective organizations and build communities with sustainable economies. With investment in their professional development, community leaders will have additional knowledge and tools to achieve incredible change and growth.


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Indigenous Leadership and Management Programs:

  • Establishing Institutions of Good Governance
  • Indigenous Business and Economic Development
  • Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks
  • Indigenous Strategic Planning
  • Indigenous Women in Leadership
  • Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance
  • Leading Teams: Good Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards
  • Negotiation Skills Training
  • Project Management for Indigenous Organizations
  • Wise Practices in Indigenous Leadership


Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence
To recognize a commitment to continued education, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity awards a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence to individuals who have successfully completed a total of seven Indigenous Leadership Programs. In order to complete the certificate you will need to take three core programs and four addi­tional programs from the options available.


How to Register
Interested in taking an Indigenous Leadership and Management program at Banff Centre, but not sure how to get started? Visit our website, or contact Becky Hill, personal learning advisor, by phone at 1.403.762.6354, or email leadership@banffcentre.ca.


Custom Indigenous Programs for Your Community
Indigenous Leadership and Management can provide customized programs and applied research in partnership with your organization or community. Many of our public programs offered at Banff Centre can be customized for your community or organization. We can also customize specific modules of our public programs to meet your two- to four-day development needs. Click here for more information about custom programs.


The Seven Elements of Wise Practices
Join Banff Centre’s program director of Indigenous Leadership as he explains the wise practices approach to Indigenous community development.


“I have always believed since day one that Banff Centre is a place of sacred learning. I have knowing that others will benefit as well.”
– Trina Daniels, Stoney Nakoda First Nation, AB

“One day I will be the leader for my community, and this [program] has added tools to help my community.”
– Hank Adams, Stswecem’c Xgattem First Nation, BC

“Banff Centre is an amazing space where amazing people gather to share, learn and grow.”
– Cheryl Recollet, Wahnapitae First Nation, ON


Indigenous Arts Programs
Rigorous, transformative programs for Indigenous artists, inspired by Banff’s unique power of place. Informed by Indigenous cultures and worldviews, we offer programs in all disciplines for emerging and established Indigenous artists. Through outstanding performances, concerts, residencies, presentations, workshops, talks and exhibitions, Indigenous Arts contributes to strong and vibrant Indigenous artistic communities in Canada and around the globe.