Program Structure

The Certificate comprises 18 credits for the six courses listed below (3 credits each).


ILMC 100 (3): Community and Indigenous Lands Planning
An examination of historic and current issues relevant to Indigenous land use and community planning. This includes Indigenous Treaty Rights and Title, historic and modern treaty issues, and evolving trends in planning.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in English 12.

ILMC 110 (3): Indigenous Planning Practice
This course covers the skills, knowledge, and experiences essential for the practicing planner. Includes policy and legal issues, property law, project management, economic planning, and strategic planning.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in ILMC 100.

ILMC 120 (3): Indigenous Site Planning and Community Design
This course examines fundamentals in aesthetics, functionality, and design in small and large communities. The human/nature connection will also be investigated. Areas at home and on campus will serve as “living labs” for course work and projects.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in ILMC 100.

ILMC 130 (3): Community Engagement for Indigenous Lands Managers
Community engagement and the legal requirements for involving members and other communities in plans and projects are examined in this course. Innovative methods for a wide range of forms of engagement are considered and practiced.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in ILMC 100.

ILMC 140 (3): Sustainability & Management Practices for Indigenous Lands
This course covers all aspects of sustainability practices and integrated resource management including impacts of climate change, infrastructure management, asset management, and care of the air, lands, water, species, and resources.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in ILMC 100.

ILMC 150 (3): Major Project (online)
Students will apply the knowledge gained in their courses and experiences to a land development project, including an economic assessment and project management scope, from start to finish.
Prerequisite: Min. “C” in ILMC 100, ILMC 110, ILMC 120, ILMC 130, and ILMC 140.

The Program will also offer an optional orientation at no charge to incoming students. This will be offered on the Saturday and Sunday immediately prior to the first course offering each summer semester season, and will cover the following topic areas: overview of the six courses; VIU’s online learning system and the Program Platform; using the library (online and in-person); citations; writing, presenting, and doing research; campus orientation; and any other topics identified by incoming students.