Course Highlights

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

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

  • Take up to 90 days to complete this 2-hour course

  • 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, and Sault College NEOS students

Course Information

This course is designed for individuals with little existing knowledge about Indigenous Peoples in Canada and/or who have limited direct interaction with Indigenous Peoples in their professional roles in the forest sector. 

The course may also be of interest to those working outside of the forest sector as the information is broadly applicable to other sectors.

The course presents a brief introduction to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples and equips learners to deliver a respectful territorial acknowledgment for their local region.

If you are a forest practitioner who requires detailed knowledge of Duty to Consult and Accommodate, we recommend you enroll in the 5-hour course entitled Respecting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights within Sustainable Forest Management course  instead of this shorter course. 

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

identify communities and relevant treaties within your local area and craft a territorial acknowledgement

Learner's will receive the following Example Digital Badge and Certificate of Course Completion.

Click through the course curriculum below to explore the topics covered in this course.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Acknowledging Traditional and Treaty Territory

    • Course Information

    • Welcome from Project Learning Tree Canada

    • Course Navigation Tips

    • 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

    • Adopting a Distinction-Based Approach to Terminology

    • Aboriginal?

    • Traditional Territories

    • Indigenous Territories and Forested Areas

    • Identifying First Nation Communities and Reserves

    • Identifying Métis Communities

    • Treaties

    • Treaties Terminology

    • Finding Treaties

    • Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Test Your Learning

  • 3

    Crafting a Territorial Acknowledgement

    • Territorial Acknowledgments: Learning Objective

    • What is a Territorial Acknowledgment?

    • Why are Territorial Acknowledgements Important?

    • Crafting a Territorial Acknowledgment

    • Examples of Territorial Acknowledgments

    • Territorial Acknowledgments: Test Your Learning

  • 4

    Summary and Resources

    • Course Summary

    • Helpful Resources List

    • ATRIS Guide (English)

    • ATRIS Guide (French)

    • References Used to Develop This Course

  • 5

    Before You Go

    • You're Almost Done

    • Acknowledgments

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


Awesome course!

Claire Binette

I found this course was easy and enjoyable to read through and understand. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand more about tr...

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I found this course was easy and enjoyable to read through and understand. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to understand more about treaty and territory in Canada.

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Great Course

Claire Schon

Thanks PLT for sharing this!

Thanks PLT for sharing this!

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