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.


Engage with us

Indigenous Leadership and Management Programs:

Banff Centre is now offering both online and in person programming. Please visit our website to learn more about our upcoming offerings.

  • 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 awards the Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence to individuals who successfully completes one program from each of the 7 Wise Practices elements. All Intermediate offerings are counted towards the certificate, while Introductory programs do not. As well, participants will receive a certificate of completion for each program they successfully attend, regardless of whether it is Introductory or Intermediate.


How to Register

Interested in attending an Indigenous Leadership and Management program at Banff Centre?  Please visit our website and subscribe to the Indigenous Leadership e-newsletter to learn more about our upcoming offerings.

To register, please proceed to the program page online that you are interested in attending and click the ‘Register Now’ button to complete the form and funding application if applicable. Should you have any questions about your learning journey, please email us at leadership@banffcentre.ca

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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.