In partnership with FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute), Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Queen’s School of Policy Studies now offers participants in the part-time Professional Master of Public Administration the opportunity to concentrate their elective courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance. This series of courses, unique in Canada, integrates traditional knowledge and philosophies in indigenous policy, governance, management and related areas with contemporary theoretical frameworks and best practices.
Serving First Nations Communities
The development of policy leaders and senior administrators is essential to the capacity building and self-determination of First Nations, both for today and for future generations. Graduates of this program will, and many participants already do, play key roles in First Nations community and organizational development. Some graduates may choose to pursue post-secondary faculty appointments to help advance indigenous education.
The Indigenous Policy and Governance Initiative enhances students’ knowledge and skills in policy development and analysis, and provides the management skills required to translate policy into action within the First Nations context. Students in this program will take core courses in economics, public sector management, policy analysis, governing institutions, and quantitative methods. (These courses are common to all PMPA students.)
In addition, students take elective courses, at least three of which will focus directly on issues such as First Nations Law and Public Policy, Comparative Indigenous Governance, Reconciling Aboriginal Policy, Governing First Nations, and Arctic and Northern Issues.
Students in this Initiative also have access to the full range of elective courses offered by the School of Policy Studies, as well as related courses offered by other departments and schools at Queen’s. The range of electives is diverse. Among those offered in recent years by the School of Policy Studies are: Economics of Social Policy, Financial Management, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Health Policy, Health Economics, Conflict Management, Energy Policy and Environmental Policy, among others.
The first cohort of seven (7) graduated from this program in 2010. There are approximately 10 students currently enrolled in the IPG Initiative.