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Weaving together a more respectful and inclusive cultural sector

Weaving cedar is a purposeful activity; the pulling together of individual strands to create cultural objects that will serve the community. Similarly, the Micro-certificate in Indigenous Cultural Stewardship weaves together skills and knowledge to create a more diverse future in the museum, heritage and cultural sector in relationship with Indigenous Peoples. If you are a museum and heritage professional, or someone working in the cultural sector, this micro-certificate will benefit your personal and professional goals. Begin your journey of recognizing and safeguarding Indigenous cultural heritage and cultural practices. Make positive and sustainable change in the museum and heritage sector.

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Program description

In this certificate, you will gain a deeper understanding of the historical relationship between the museum and heritage sector and Indigenous communities. You will learn how to support the preservation and stewardship of Indigenous tangible and intangible culture and heritage. Using case studies and resources from Indigenous scholars and practitioners, you'll gain insight on how to address colonial harms within your work and develop equitable policies and practices. Guided by Indigenous leaders in the field, program participants will come together to acquire new knowledge and skills, develop a community of practice, and build a more equitable and sustainable future for the sector.

Program highlights

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Online Flexibility
Courses within this program can be completed online, which allows for a healthy balance between work, study and personal life.

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Networking Opportunities
You will get the chance to develop relationships with professionals across Canada and beyond working in the field.

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For over 30 years, the Cultural Resource Management program has been delivering high quality learning opportunities to museum, heritage and cultural professionals.

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Through the StrongerBC future skills grant, students may be eligible to receive funding for this program. View details and eligibility

Program partner

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Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Art History and Visual Studies

Program outcomes

  • understand the inherent connection between museums and colonization
  • discuss the ethical concerns that have set the foundation for the complex relationship museums have with Indigenous peoples, nations, and organizations
  • understand the foundations of Indigenous pedagogy and methodology
  • reflect on the complexities of care and handling in of Indigenous tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  • critically reflect on the museum frameworks, policy, stewardship practices, and opportunities for generative change
  • identify ways museums can take action and make equitable change in the field to redress colonial harm

Who is this program for?

Do you think museums are to be seen as sites of social change? The Indigenous Cultural Stewardship program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous, emerging and mid-career professionals working in museums, archives and heritage and cultural centres.

Does some or all of the following apply to you? This program could support your professional development if you:

  • recognize the critical importance of Indigenous knowledge, traditions and perspectives
  • are naturally curious–you enjoy exploring new ideas and skills
  • are open-minded–you are willing to challenge assumptions and beliefs and are receptive to different ways of thinking
  • have empathy–you understand the importance of listening to and understanding the experiences of others
  • are committed to reclamation, safeguarding the continuity of cultural heritage for future generations
  • believe in social justice and equity–you recognize the importance of addressing colonial harms and promoting reconciliation and healing
  • are willing to invest in education and professional development–you recognize the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest research and practices in your field
  • enjoy engaging with like-minded individuals and creating new connections

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Curator
  • Indigenous Cultural Centre Manager
  • Public Programmer
  • Collections Manager
  • Heritage Planner


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Admission requirements

  1. Though not required, current or prior experience in a cultural organization is recommended for success in this program. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they can complete all assignments and contribute meaningfully to all discussions by drawing from their experience. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please ask us how to contact the course instructor directly before the course start date.
  2. Regular access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.
  3. University-level research, writing and critical thinking skills.

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Upon successful completion, you will receive a micro-certificate.

StrongerBC future skills grant

The StrongerBC future skills grant is now available in 2024 (January to March) for midstream learners. For more information and eligibility criteria, view the grant details.

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