School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Indigenous Policy and Governance Studies

In partnership with FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute), Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, participants in the Professional Master of Public Administration may concentrate their elective courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance.  This series of courses integrates traditional knowledge and philosophies with contemporary theoretical frameworks and professional practice.

Serving First Nations Communities

The development of policy leaders and senior administrators is essential to the capacity building and self-determination of First Nations today and in the future.  Program participants already hold key roles in First Nations community and organizational development. Completion of this program provides them with new skills to advance their careers or take a new direction.  Some PMPA-IPG graduates have chosen to pursue Ph.D. studies.  

Indigenous Policy and Governance Studies enhances students’ knowledge and skills in policy development and analysis, and provides the management skills required to translate policy into action within First Nations and other Indigenous communities.   Students in this program will take core courses in economics, public sector management, policy analysis, governing institutions, and quantitative methods. (These courses are common to all PMPA students.)

In addition, students take elective courses, at least three of which will focus directly on issues such as First Nations Law and Public Policy, Comparative Indigenous Governance, Reconciling Aboriginal Policy, Governing First Nations, and Arctic and Northern Issues.

Students in this Initiative also have access to the full range of elective courses offered by the School of Policy Studies, as well as related courses offered by other departments and schools at Queen’s.  The range of electives is diverse.  Among those offered in recent years by the School of Policy Studies are:  Economics of Social Policy, Financial Management, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Health Policy, Health Economics, Conflict Management, Energy Policy and Environmental Policy, among others.

The first cohort of seven (7) graduated from this program in 2010.   There are approximately 10 students currently enrolled in the IPG Initiative.