Executive Council Office

First Nation Executive Development Program

Signing the EDP MOU

This is a pilot project to develop and deliver an accredited executive and management training program set within the contextual framework of Yukon Final and Self-Government Agreements.

It is an example of Yukon Government’s work in partnering with Yukon First Nations and shows tangible results from the establishment of the Governance Liaison/Capacity Development branch.

Partners in this initiative are Yukon Government, Champagne and Aishihik First Nation and Yukon College.

Aimed initially at Champagne and Aishihik First Nation staff, the goal is for the 1 year pilot certificate to be extended to all Yukon First Nations, Yukon government and communities.

Funding is provided through the Northern Strategy Trust Fund to develop executive and management capacity for First Nations.

Program objectives:

This program will bridge the gap between existing programs and Self-Governing Yukon First Nations education needs.

Existing Programs  First Nations Executive Development Program
  • Based on Indian Act.
  • Based on Final and Self-Governing First Nations Agreements in Yukon.
  • Doesn't address skills or knowledge required for implementation of Yukon Final and Self-Governing First Nations.
  • Made-in-Yukon and incorporates local knowledge and experiences.
  • Provides executive leadership, management skills and knowledge needed for effective Self- Government and engaging in intergovernmental affairs.
  • Developed outside of First Nation.
  • Allows First Nation to have influence on curriculum and its delivery.
  • Modular components make it adaptable to different Self-Governing First Nation’s needs.
  • Difficult to access — offered outside of Yukon
  • Easy to access — offered in Yukon
  • Difficult to integrate education into work and family life
  • First Nation Tutor/Teaching Assistant works with students throughout the program
  • Flexible for executive and senior management students
  •  Training workshops
  • Accredited Yukon College Certificate program
  • Transferable to a diploma or degree

Program achievements:

  • Development of a unique, executive leadership/management program for Self-Governing First Nations.
  • Enhanced implementation of Final and Self-Government Agreements.
  • Improved leadership and management capacity within Self-Governing Yukon First Nations.
  • 30% CAFN staff participation in pilot program.
  • Certificate will be available to all Yukon First Nations in the future.

  Download the First Nations Executive Development Pilot Program brochure  831 KB