School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Studies in Indigenous Policy and Governance (IPG)

In partnership with FNTI (First Nations Technical Institute), Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, the School of Policy Studies offers courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance (IPG) each year.

Through the PMPA (Professional Master of Public Administration) program, in-service professionals may combine full-time employment with part-time graduate education.  IPG courses integrate traditional knowledge and philosophies with contemporary theoretical frameworks and professional practice.  They are supplementary to core courses in leadership, governance, economics, public management, policy analysis and research methods.  Recent IPG courses have included Reconciling Indigenous Policy, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Education Policy, Indigenous Law and Public Policy.  

Serving Indigenous People and their Communities

Program participants already hold key policy roles in Indigenous community organizations or other government agencies.  They are looking to enhance their knowledge and professional skills in governance and policy development to translate ideas into action within their communities. 

To date, 25 students from several First Nations communities have completed the program.  They have advanced their careers or taken a new direction, including Ph.D. studies.

There are typically 8-10 students enrolled in the program each year. 


Competitive Indigenous applicants will be provided with a paper application and have the application fee waived on submission of their formal application (paper copy), prior to August 1.  

Applications, transcripts and references should be mailed to:

Admissions - School of Policy Studies,
Robert Sutherland Hall, Queen's University, 
138 Union Street,
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Please see the PMPA Admissions page for additional information. 

Pre-application Consultation

First Nations and other indigenous prospective students may complete an on-line pre-application form through FNTI to receive a preliminary assessment of their competitiveness for admission.


Visit the PMPA Curriculum page for additional information on the courses offered.   Please note that the courses offered as part of the Indigenous Policy and Governance program are announced each Fall.

Funding Opportunities

IPG Program Partner and Contacts

FNTI--First Nations Technical Institute--is an Indigenous institute offering unique educational opportunities aimed at enhancing the capacity and strength of learners and communities.

In partnership with several Ontario colleges and universities, FNTI delivers culturally-rich post-secondary programs. Most courses are presented in an intensive mode that allows learners to learn while they continue to work and are delivered in communities across the province.

FNTI’s partnership with the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, began in 2007, when the two institutions agreed to work together to develop and promote graduate studies and related activities on Indigenous Governance and Public Policy.

Four Directions Aboriginal Centre strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students and a site of information and support for the broader Queen's community. It is a hub of activity and we welcome and encourage everyone to drop in and learn about the supports and services available.

IPG Program Contacts:

Tracey Maracle, Student Success Facilitator
Tel: 613.396.2122, x 140
Toll-free: 1.800.267.0637

School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University:
Fiona Froats, Program Administrator
Tel: 613.533.6200
Fax: 613.533.2135

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