Traditional Systems of Land and Resource Management

Code: ER326
Apply this course towards: Restoration of Natural Systems - Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems - Diploma

Course description

This week-long course examines the systems of land and resource management traditionally practiced by Indigenous peoples. Specifically, it explores the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in documenting and understanding the complexity of ecosystems and considers the contributions of TEK and traditional land management to ecosystem maintenance and restoration. We focus primarily on examples from Indigenous Peoples in North America. The course will also address the question of how traditional land and resource management strategies and TEK can be incorporated into restoration projects, community-based research and other relevant work environments. We will focus primarily on field-based experiences to gain insight and context for putting the aforementioned concepts into practice within an Indigenous Community setting.



Semi-distance format requiring attendance on campus for five days, plus readings/assignments to be completed before and after the on-campus portion of the course.

Tuition and Fee Payment:

RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Note: Course includes preparatory work before in-class dates and project work after in-class dates.  Additional course fee $125.00.   Lorene Kennedy Field Course Awards are available to partly offset additional costs for full-time, ES undergraduate declared majors, minors, graduate students in Environmental Studies, or students in the RNS Diploma Program.


Next offering

Spring 2019


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

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