Indigenous Governance and Business Management

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Management
  • Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Management as a Second Degree
  • Combined degrees with Management (Lethbridge campus)
  • Management Certificate


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

Indigenous governance and business management (IGBM) provides Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduates with skills to take on leadership and managerial roles in band administration, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous liaison work, federal and international relations, oil and gas, agriculture or your own entrepreneurial enterprises.

As an Indigenous or non-Indigenous IGBM student, you’ll gain significant insight into Indigenous historical, political, legal and economic issues while acquiring strong business skills and managerial competency. You’ll study essential topics such as Indigenous peoples and law, historical and legal aspects of Indigenous governments, Indigenous business and entrepreneurship, Indigenous peoples and natural resources, Canadian Indigenous project management, Canadian Indigenous tax issues and Canadian indigenous negotiations. You will also acquire skills in finance, accounting, human resources and organizational behaviour.

You can also choose a minor to enhance your knowledge in a secondary line of study. Many minors complement IGBM well such as Aboriginal health, accounting, marketing, agriculture enterprise management, environmental studies, fintech and financial innovation, family and small business management and supply chain and operations management. Learn more about our available minors.


Why take Indigenous governance and business management at the Dhillon School of Business?

The Dhillon School of Business has been a leader in supportive and community-guided Indigenous business education since 1987. As an IGBM graduate, you’ll be positioned to be a leader in today’s business world, equipped with an understanding of the complexities of working with, for, or as Indigenous businesses and nations. All IGBM programs are offered through an innovative partnership between the Dhillon School of Business and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

As an IGBM student, you’ll have access to a number of Indigenous support services including Elders, award-winning faculty members, mentoring, small class sizes, interactive learning and the opportunity to participate in an active and supportive Indigenous Students’ Union, the Youth Mentorship Program and an Indigenous student club.

Many of our students also enrol in co-operative education. Co-op allows you to get paid work experience before you graduate and can even help you land a job immediately after graduation.


The advantages of being a Dhillon School of Business student

Experiential learning

You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply the theories you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations as well as programs to help you connect with our student community. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these experiential programs and more:

Visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn more about student experience opportunities.

Education that’s personal

Our students say they chose the Dhillon School of Business because of the smaller class sizes and more personal and supportive approach to teaching. Here you’ll get many opportunities to connect and interact with your professors and peers to set you up for success.

Flexible study options

Whether you’re a traditional student interested in our Lethbridge campus with full-time classes during the day or a working professional interested in the Calgary Campus’s evening and weekend classes, we have a flexible study option for you.

Internationally recognized for quality

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Dhillon School of Business have met very rigorous quality standards proven to provide you with the best in business education worldwide. You can trust that your education here will give you a distinct advantage in the real world including more competitive salaries, more employers interested in you after graduation and more. See all our professional accreditations and designations.

Possible careers

  • MLA
  • Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner
  • Learning Facilitator
  • Indigenous Relations
  • Engagement Officer
  • Band Council Member
  • Community Development Officer
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Historical Researcher
  • Management Consultant
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Policy Development Officer
  • Political Researcher
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher

You'll also be better prepared to go on to post-graduate education or law school.

“The major gave me a basis of understanding of management and policy which I have used in my experience within government. It is a well-rounded program and gave me a strong foundation to work from once I started and finished my MBA. It has instilled a confidence to move forward and beyond my academic and career expectations. The support provided to students is phenomenal and continues even after graduation. You become part of a life-long network of peers.”- Jennifer, BMgt ‘08

Jennifer is a Senior Advisor, Communications & Communities at Rio Tinto and Former Saskatchewan MLA.

Sample classes

  1. IGBM 3515: Canadian Indigenous Negotiations
  • IGBM 3522: Canadian Indigenous Project Management
  • IGBM 4501: Canadian Indigenous Tax Issues
  • IGBM 4570 - Indigenous Leadership and Management
  • IGBM 2500: Introduction to Indigenous Governance and Business Management

For a complete list of courses available in our Indigenous Governance and Business Management program, check out our program planning guide.

Additional information

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.
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