Course Highlights

  • Developed by Sault College in collaboration with Project Learning Tree Canada, an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative

  • No application process or pre-requisites. Simply register online and start learning on the same day!

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Includes downloadable resources

  • Earn a certificate of course completion and digital badge upon successfully completing the course that can be shared on social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook; downloaded as a PDF; or even embedded in an email signature!

  • Discounted rate available for PLT Canada Green Jobs Youth, SFI members, Sault College NEOS students and graduates, and Ontario Registered Professional Foresters. Email to learn more.

Course Information

This is the first in a series of self-directed online courses developed on Indigenous Rights and Relationship-Building designed for forestry practitioners and youth who are exploring careers in the forestry, parks and conservation sectors. 

This 5-hour course was developed by Sault College in collaboration with Project Learning Tree Canada (an initiative of SFI).

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Upon successful completion of the course you will earn a Digital Badge and Certificate of Course Completion

We also offer the following condensed versions of this course for individuals who are only looking for one of these topics:

  • Acknowledging Traditional and Treaty Territory: This 2-hour course is designed for those individuals who have little existing knowledge about Indigenous Peoples in Canada and/or who have limited direct interaction with Indigenous Peoples in their professional roles within the forestry sector.

  • Understanding and Upholding the Duty to Consult:  This 3-hour course is designed for individuals possessing moderate knowledge about Indigenous Peoples in Canada who are responsible for Indigenous community engagement, consultation, or implementation of 3rd party certification.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Module 1: Respecting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Within Sustainable Forest Management

    • Welcome from Project Learning Tree Canada

    • Module Information & Navigation Tips

    • Module Learning Objectives

    • A Little Bit About You

  • 2

    Indigenous Peoples in Canada

    • Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Learning Objective

    • Indigenous Peoples in Canada

    • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples

    • What is a Traditional Territory?

    • Traditional Territory and Treaties

    • Identifying Traditional Territories

    • Identifying First Nation Communities and Reserves

    • Identifying Métis Nation Homelands

    • What is a Treaty?

    • Finding Treaties

    • Treaties Terminology

    • Indigenous Territories and Forested Areas

    • Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Test Your Learning

  • 3

    Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada

    • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Learning Objective

    • Constitution Act, 1982

    • Section 35 Rights: What it Says and Where it Came From

    • Section 35: Understanding Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

    • Asserted and Established Rights

    • Establishing Aboriginal Rights

    • Defending Aboriginal Rights Assertions

    • Oral Evidence

    • Treaty Rights

    • Title Rights

    • Establishing Aboriginal Title

    • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Test Your Learning

  • 4

    Consultation and Accommodation

    • Consultation and Accommodation: Learning Objectives

    • Duty to Consult and Accommodate: The Basics

    • Duty to Consult and Accommodate: Responsibilities

    • Consultation

    • How to Identify Communities for the Purposes of Duty to Consult

    • How to Find Consultation Protocols for a Community/Nation

    • Navigating Evolving Rights Assertions

    • The Duty to Accommodate

    • Avoiding and Mitigating Rights Infringements

    • Potential Accommodation Measures

    • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    • Consultation and Accommodation: Test Your Learning

  • 5

    Crafting a Territorial Acknowledgement

    • Territorial Acknowledgments: Learning Objective

    • Why are Territorial Acknowledgements Important?

    • What is a Territorial Acknowledgment?

    • Crafting a Territorial Acknowledgment

    • Examples of Territorial Acknowledgments

    • Territorial Acknowledgments: Test Your Learning

  • 6

    Summary and Resources

    • Module Summary

    • Helpful Resources List

    • Consultation Protocols and Regulations by Province/Territory

    • Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation: Updated Guidelines for Federal Officials to Fulfill the Duty to Consult

    • ATRIS Guide (English)

    • ATRIS Guide (French)

    • References

  • 7

    Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

    • Testing Your Knowledge

    • Final Quiz

  • 8

    Before You Go

    • You're Almost Done

    • Acknowledgments

    • Quick Course Evaluation -- We want to Hear from You!

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