• 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 micro-credential

  • 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 Ontario Registered Professional Foresters. Email [email protected] to learn more.

Micro-credential Overview

This fully online micro-credential is designed for individuals who work directly with Indigenous Peoples, including those who are responsible for Indigenous community engagement, consultation, or the implementation of third-party forest certification. 

It presents an introduction to Aboriginal, treaty and title rights, as enshrined in Canada’s Constitution Act, and an overview of legal and regulatory requirements flowing from the Duty to Consult and Accommodate.

Emphasis is placed on action-oriented information and strategies for forest sector professionals. 

You should only choose this standalone micro-credential if you already possess moderate background knowledge about First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples. Otherwise, we recommend that you enroll in the more robust 5-hour Respecting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Sustainable Forest Management course, which 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 micro-credential was developed by Sault College in collaboration with Project Learning Tree Canada (an initiative of SFI).

Learners will earn a Digital Badge and Certificate of Course Completion after successful completion of this course.

Please review the course curriculum below to see the full list of topics covered.


    1. Welcome

    2. Course Information

    3. Welcome from Project Learning Tree Canada

    4. Navigation Tips

    5. Technical Discussion Forum

    6. Course Learning Objectives

    7. A Little Bit About You

    1. Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Learning Objective

    2. What is a Treaty?

    3. Traditional Territory and Treaties

    4. Finding Treaties

    5. Treaties Terminology

    6. Constitution Act, 1982

    7. Section 35 Rights: What it Says and Where it Came From

    8. Section 35: Understanding Aboriginal and Treaty Rights

    9. Asserted and Established Rights

    10. Establishing Aboriginal Rights

    11. Defending Aboriginal Rights Assertions

    12. Oral Evidence

    13. Treaty Rights

    14. Title Rights

    15. Establishing Aboriginal Title

    16. Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Check Your Learning

    1. Consultation and Accommodation: Learning Objectives

    2. Duty to Consult and Accommodate: The Basics

    3. Duty to Consult and Accommodate: Responsibilities

    4. Consultation

    5. How to Identify Communities for the Purposes of Duty to Consult

    6. How to Find Consultation Protocols for a Community/Nation

    7. Navigating Evolving Rights Assertions

    8. The Duty to Accommodate

    9. Avoiding and Mitigating Rights Infringements

    10. Potential Accommodation Measures

    11. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    12. Consultation and Accommodation: Check Your Learning

    1. Module Summary

    2. Note on Territorial Acknowledgements

    3. Example Territorial Acknowledgments

    4. Helpful Resources List

    5. Consultation Protocols and Regulations by Province/Territory

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

    7. ATRIS Guide (English)

    8. ATRIS Guide (French)

    9. References Used to Develop this Course

    1. Testing Your Knowledge

    2. Final Quiz

    1. You're Almost Done

    2. Acknowledgments

    3. Quick Course Evaluation -- We want to Hear from You!

About this course

  • $89.99
  • 49 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

Content Contributors & Partners

Project Learning Tree Canada

Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) is a bilingual charity committed to fostering inclusive environmental education and growing a diverse and resilient Green Jobs workforce, using trees and forests as windows on the world. Our environmental education and professional development services, which include high-value work experiences and an industry-leading mentorship program, support youth across Canada on their green career pathways, including those in rural, Indigenous and urban communities. PLT Canada is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).


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