kiskēyihtamowina – knowledge, things that are known.

Program Overview

This Program is property of First Nations University of Canada and is currently being delivered through a partnership with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Indigenous boards are an important function to restoring self-determination in settler colonial Saskatchewan.

Good governance and oversight is necessary to ensure the organizations and leadership we rely on meet their legal responsibilities to the people they serve. Board members need to have the skills and abilities to serve the mandates of the organization while honouring the traditions and values of their Nation. That can be a tricky balancing act! This program will give you the information you need to help navigate governance with confidence to ensure your voice and experiences are represented around the Board room table.

This program is about reimagining colonial systems and structures in ways that benefit First Nations communities and helps achieve their goals around self-determination. Throughout this program, you will spend time thinking about how to bridge Indigenous and western or colonial systems, and will cover topics including:

  • What is governance and why do we need Boards?
  • Two-Eyed Seeing*
  • Setting Direction
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Fiduciary Duty and Duty of Care
  • Risk management & mitigation
  • Board culture
  • Mitigating decision biases

*Bartlett, C., Marshall, M. & Marshall, A. (2012). Two-Eyed Seeing and other lessons learned within a co-learning journey of bringing together indigenous and mainstream knowledges and ways of knowing. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2, 331–340.

“The Kiskeyihtamowina Board Governance Program helped me as a board member better understand and clarify my role, it also gave me some valuable reporting templates as a CEO to ensure effective reporting and accountability to the Board. The Indigenous approach ensured we continue to acknowledge and incorporate our world view and value system along side the Western Academic process.”

Glen Pratt, CEO, George Gordon Developments Ltd.

“I found it a bit tough, being out of the University world for a long while. I enjoyed what I learned, and I find it useful in my position now, and the Boards that I do sit on.”  

Nola Mahingen, Director of Safe Haven, Yorkton Tribal Council

Program Facilitators

Developed and taught by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and thought leaders, this program incorporates teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers through videos, guest talks, and workshops. The modules are led by Dr. Bob Kayseas, Vice-President Academic, First Nations University of Canada and Neal Kewistep, Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

bob-kayseas.jpg Neal Kewistep
Dr. Bob Kayseas Neal Kewistep

Next Program Offerings

winter 2023

Module Dates Offered Times
Module 1 February 7, 2023 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  &
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
The Fall 2022 Live Sessions
will take place via Zoom.
Module 2 February 28, 2023
Module 3 March 7, 2023
Module 4  March 20, 2023

In addition to the live virtual sessions (listed above), participants will also complete the online portion of the program which should take approximately 3 hours to complete for each of the four Modules.

After each Module, there will be a quiz that is worth 25% of one's final mark. Participants will need to earn 70% or higher overall in order to earn the designation of First Nations and Indigenous Director or FNI.DIR.

The program cost is $1,995 per person (exam and certification included). Should you have any questions, please email and we will respond as quickly as possible.

If invoicing is easier for you, email Andrea and we'd be happy to make arrangements with you (see email below).

Contact Us

For more information about this program, please contact: