Indigenous Governance and Business Management

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Degrees 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

The University of Lethbridge is a leader in Indigenous studies and management education. The certificate and degree programs are offered through an innovative partnership between the Dhillon School of Business and the Department of Indigenous Studies. The programs present a unique blend of studies in Indigenous governance and core business concepts. It 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 their own entrepreneurial enterprises.

If you are you interested in Indigenous culture, traditions, communities and issues and would like to learn more about Indigenous management, business, economic and community development, then the IGBM program is for you. The IGBM program welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

About the Indigenous Governance major

Students majoring in Indigenous governance study topics such as Indigenous peoples and law, historical and legal aspects of Indigenous governments, Indigenous business and entrepreneurship, Indigenous peoples and natural resources, and Canadian Indigenous negotiations. You will also acquire skills in finance, accounting, human resources and organizational behaviour.

Students have access to 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.

Students gain significant insight into Indigenous historical, political, legal and economic issues while acquiring strong business skills and managerial competency. For the degree, students choose one of two streams:

  • Indigenous Governance
  • Indigenous Business Management

AACSB accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International is the world’s largest global business education network and the Dhillon School of Business is part of only six per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by this international network.

Students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school are contenders for careers with top, global organizations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools; they are offered more competitive salaries; they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and they have more employers interested in them after graduation.

When you graduate from the Dhillon School of Business you’ll get all these AACSB benefits as well as the assurance of the highest quality and most relevant education out there.

Additional opportunities

Students may also choose to add a minor to their Indigenous Governance and Business Management major. A minor will enhance a student's resume and be recognized on their transcript. There are several minors that complement Indigenous Governance and Business Management major. If you’re interested in the field of Indigenous Governance and Business Management, but choose to major in a different field, you can still minor in either Indigenous Governance or Indigenous Business. Learn more about our minors.

Experiential education opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to apply the theories they've learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these programs and more:

You can also visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn about more student experience opportunities.

Management Certificate

If you’re changing your focus professionally or if you do not wish to pursue an entire degree, complete a 10-course management certificate in this area of study. If you are employed full-time, we also welcome part-time students.

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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