Turning the Indigenous Land Stewardship program into a multi-access program

TitleTurning the Indigenous Land Stewardship program into a multi-access program
Duration2 Year
Project Summary

*Special Call: Hybrid and Multi-Access Course Redesign Project*

The Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship (ILS) is a new four-year undergraduate credit program offered by the Faculty of Forestry that aims to prepare both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students for careers working with and for Indigenous governments on land stewardship. The program combines Indigenous and western knowledge, with an experienced team of First Nations and non-First Nations professionals and educators co-creating and co-delivering the courses. Following extensive consultation with First Nations communities, we propose redesigning the ILS program courses for multi-access, to support learners and knowledge holders on both the Point Grey campus and in more remote communities. For many students limited in their ability to attend in-person classes because of remoteness or commitment to self-governance, this redesign will enhance their interest in, access to, and participation in the courses. We propose improved accessibility with live streaming and recording options for all lecture-focused courses.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2023/2024
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJohn Innes
Year 1: Funded Amount116,759
Year 1: Team Members

John Innes, Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
William Nikolakis, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
Michelle Zeng, Sr. Manager, Educational Strategies, Faculty of Forestry
Carlos Ormond, Director, Haida Gwaii Institute / Director, Indigenous and Intercultural Initiatives, Faculty of Forestry

Advisory Team:

Garry Merkel, Reconciliation Consultant and Treaty Negotiator, Tahltan Nation
Gordon Prest, Elder and knowledge-keeper, Sto:lo First Nation
Matt Wealick, First Nations Strategic Advisor, Tzeachten Band
Chris Derrickson, Former Chief, Westbank First Nation
Leonard Joe, CEO, BC First Nations Forestry Council, Nlaka’pamux First Nation
Dave Gill, General Manager, Ntityix Resources LP
Marianne Ignace, Distinguished SFU Professor, Simon Fraser University / Secwepemc Nation