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Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) Level 1

Algoma University (AU) and its Department of Geography & Geology signed a MOU with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) in September 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to provide Level I of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP).

In May 2019, the Department of Geography & Geology launched Level 1 of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.


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705-949-2301 ext. 4374

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Anishinaabe Academic Success Advisor

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Level 1 consists of 6 three-credit courses over approximately a year that introduce students to the basics of land management with a strong focus on Indigenous and cross-cultural context. Hands-on activities, land-based learning, and knowledge-keeper presentations are key parts of the curriculum. For the 2023/24 cohort, the first course will be held in a live online format May 1-5, 2023 and the second course Aug 28 – Sept 1 (hybrid format), followed by the third and fourth courses in the fall, and a fifth (asynchronously online) in the winter term. To complete Level 1, there will be one final course in the spring of 2024.

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”) was developed in partnership with the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID). Joe Tom Sayers, a former Director of AID, communicated with Albert Owl Jr. who gifted the name of the program. Zhii Taadaa is available for students wishing to have a more in-depth orientation to the course material in advance of the beginning of the first and second Level 1 courses. This year, Zhii Taadaa will be held on April 28, 2023. Students will be supported by an Anishinaabe Academic Success Advisor throughout their studies. Registration for the Aki & Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 1 courses is now open until May 2, 2023 (please endeavour to register before this date as the first course starts on May 1).


Once students complete their Level 1, they can continue on to Level 2 which is offered by NALMA and if successful receive their Professional Lands Management Certification from NALMA. Students who do end up completing Level 2, can use their Level 1 and 2 courses towards the completion of a degree program at Algoma University (36 credits can be applied towards a degree).

We also offer the Aki and Environmental Stewardship Certificate (30 credits) which comprises the 18 credits from Level 1, plus the addition of 4 other courses (GEOG coded or other approved courses) (12 credits). If students complete the Aki and Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 2, they can apply 48 credits towards a degree program of their choice at Algoma University.

Schedule for Level 1 – 2023/2024

2022/2023 Cohort

Course 6: Water Stewardship in a Spatial Context (GEOG 3196) – (1 Week Condensed, Hybrid) – May 29 – June 2, 2023.

2023/2024 Cohort

Course 1: Introduction to Land Stewardship in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – (1 Week Condensed, Remote Synchronous/Asynchronous) – May 1-5, 2023.

Course 2: Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Stewardship (GEOG 3307)  – (1 Week Condensed, Hybrid) –  August 28 – September 1, 2023.

Course 3: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – (Asynchronous Online) – Fall Term 2023 September 6 – December 19, 2023.

Course 4: Stewarding Community Food Systems (GEOG 3796/GEOG 4907) – (1 Week Condensed, Hybrid) – October 10-13, 2023. 

Course 5: Community Planning in an Indigenous Context (GEOG 3036) – (Asynchronous Online) – Winter Term 2024 (January 8 – April 23, 2024).

Course 6: Course To Be Announced – 1 Week Condensed, May 2024.

Pre-Course University Readiness Session

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”)

Date: Friday, April 28, 2023

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Online.

To sign-up for the pre-course orientation session, please email [email protected] by Friday, April 21, 2023.


Description: The Land Stewardship Fund will be used to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in Level 1 of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program offered at Algoma University or the Aki & Environmental Stewardship Certificate. Financial assistance in the amount of $250 will be provided from the fund to four students with a demonstrated financial need in one of the following areas: assistance with transportation costs, assistance with accommodations or assistance with tuition fees. Preference will be given to First Nations, Métis or Inuit students.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in the May 1-5, 2023 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Stewardship in First Nation Contexts” for credit.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2023

Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to [email protected]. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding this application form, or require information on scholarships and bursaries, please contact Nicole Muskaluk at [email protected] or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4219.

Fill out the Land Stewardship Fund In-Course Bursary Application Form.


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For first-time Algoma University students, you can apply at any time. Once you have applied and been admitted, you can register for the first level 1 course until May 2, 2023.