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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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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. The first course will be held online May 10-14, and the second online over 6 week May 10 – June 18. There will be a third course Aug 30 – Sept 3,  fourth in the fall, and a fifth in the winter term. To complete Level 1, there will be one final course in the spring of 2022 (in-person or online to be determined closer to that date).

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 May 7th. Students will be supported by an Anishinaabe Initiatives Division Academic Advisor throughout their studies. Registration for the Aki & Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 1 courses is now open until May 11, 2021 (please endeavour to register before this date as the first course starts on May 10).

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 – 2021/2022

2020/2021 Cohort

Course 6: Water Stewardship in a Spatial Context

ONLINE – May 31 – June 4, 2021


2021/2022 Cohort

Course 1: Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – Online – May 10-14, 2021

Course 2: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – ONLINE – May 10 – June 18, 2021

Course 3: Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Management (GEOG 3307): August 30 – September 3, 2021

Course 4: Stewarding Community Food Systems (GEOG 3996 – Fall) – October 12-15, 2021

Course 5: Community Planning in an Indigenous Context (GEOG 3036) – Winter Term 2022 ONLINE 

Course 6: Course To Be Announced (GEOG 3996 – Spring) – May 2022

Pre-Course University Readiness Session

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”)

Dates: May 7, 2021
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: ONLINE

To sign-up for the pre-course session, please email by Friday April 30


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 10-14, 2021 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts” for credit.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to 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 Rita Vacirca at or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4723.



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For first-time Algoma University students, you can apply at anytime. Once you have applied and been admitted, you can register for the first level 1 course until May 11, 2021.