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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.

Please note, as of May 2020, our Level 1 program will proceed remotely due to COVID-19.




705-949-2301 ext. 4374

Email: land1@algomau.ca


Anishinaabe Academic Success Advisor

Email: Bonnie.Gaikezheyongai@algomau.ca


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 June 1-July 10, and the second online from July 15-August 25, 2020. There will be three more online courses, two in the fall term, and the third in the winter term. To complete Level 1, there will be one final course in the spring of 2021 (in-person or online to be determined closer to that date).

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”) 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 integrated into the first online course in June. Students will be supported by an Anishinaabe Initiatives Division Academic Advisor throughout their studies. Registration for the Akii & Environmental Stewardship Certificate and Level 1 courses is now open until June 9, 2020 (please endeavour to register before this date as the first course starts on June 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 Akii 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 Akii 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 – 2020/2021

2019/2020 Cohort

Course 6: Climate Change & Communities : Vulnerabilities, Impacts + Adaptations (GEOG 3596)

ONLINE – June 1 – July 10, 2020


2020/2021 Cohort

Course 1: Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts (GEOG 2196) – ONLINE – June 1 – July 10, 2020

Course 2: Introduction to GIS Course (GEOG 2017) – ONLINE – July 15-August 25, 2020

Course 3: Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management (GEOG 3307): Expected to be Offered ONLINE in the Fall 2020 Term (to be approved)

Course 4: Environmental Stewardship: Policy and Practice (GEOG 4407) – Fall Term 2020 ONLINE

Course 5: Community Planning in an Indigenous Context (GEOG 3036) – Winter Term 2021 ONLINE 

Course 6: Course To Be Announced – early May 2021

Pre-Course University Readiness Session

Zhii Taadaa (“Let’s Get Ready”)

Dates: Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Algoma University

To sign-up for the pre-course session, please call 705-949-2301 ext. 4374 or email land1@algomau.ca by Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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The Land Stewardship Fund will be used to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in The Land Stewardship Certificate Program. 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, Mètis or Inuit students.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in the June 1-July 10, 2020 GEOG 2196 course entitled “Introduction to Land Management in First Nation Contexts” for credit.

Application Deadline: June 2, 2020

Note: Completed applications along with all supporting documents are to be submitted via email to awards@algomau.ca.  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 awards@algomau.ca or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4723.



View our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

For first-time Algoma University students, you can apply at anytime. Once you have applied and been admitted, you can register for level 1 courses until June 9, 2020.