Programs to encourage reconciliation with Indigenous people are mandatory under the Professional Governance Act.
The foundational Indigenous cultural awareness course must be completed and declared in a professional development report by December 31, 2022. Otherwise, BCIA will remove the Registrant from the Register, and they will be unable to practice agrology in British Columbia.
- All Registrants must have completed a foundational knowledge course on Indigenous cultural awareness by December 31, 2022. BCIA offers foundational Indigenous training throughout 2021-2022.
- Articling registrants with an acceptance date of January 1, 2021 or later must complete a foundational knowledge course on Indigenous cultural awareness as part of their articling program to graduate.
Registrants who currently work in a position specifically with Indigenous peoples or training, i.e. Agrologist in Indigenous Relations, may be granted exemptions. Contact the Provincial Professional Development Coordinator to verify if your work qualifies you for an exemption.
See instructions on how to declare Indigenous training on the lower portion of this page.
Foundational Indigenous Cultural Awareness Course Criteria
Acceptable foundational courses on Indigenous Cultural Awareness should contain a minimum of six (6) hours of course content.
- British Columbia's Indigenous history, including residential schools;
- Colonization and its destructive impact on Indigenous peoples and culture;
- Understanding Indigenous perspectives: racism, misconceptions, and cultural safety;
- Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: Respect, Protocol, and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP);
- The course must provide a certificate of completion or proof of attendance.
Courses currently available to all Registrants that fulfill the foundational Indigenous cultural awareness requirement are:
Online modules with 2-hr Zoom session (6 hrs) One-day in person workshops are not currently available. Sessions are organized monthly or bi-monthly throughout 2021-2022. View BCIA Events for the schedule.
A one-day Zoom session, plus 15 hours of online modules, presented by the Indigenous Perspectives Society, Victoria, BC.
One-day six hour Zoom session, with one-day in-person workshops when available, or a combination of Indigenous Awareness (3 hours) plus Indigenous Relations (3 hours). Additional advanced level courses on engagement, consultation and negotiation are available.
A self-paced online course over an eight week period, for a total of eight to ten hours.
A self-paced online course of four to eight hours. Courses on communication and consultation are also available.
Via Coursera. This is a self-paced online course, with 12 lessons that are approximately two hours each for a total of 24 hours, presented by the University of Alberta.
A University of BC Open Learning six-week directed online course of 12 - 18 hours duration.
The courses listed above are online options and contain the required content. Other classes or workshops taken before March 2020, including the foundational content listed above and a minimum of 6 hours, may be considered. A certificate of completion or proof of attendance may be required.
See the listing of other courses which may be available through the public sector and other groups. These courses or a combination thereof that meet the foundational content and minimum of six hours may fulfil the BCIA Indigenous training requirement.
Registrants who have completed an Indigenous cultural awareness training course (or a combination of courses that fulfil the foundational knowledge requirement) must declare the training in the PD report tab of their online profile page. The courses should be declared as professional development hours in the year in which they were completed.
Go to the PD Report tab via your online profile. Click on "Type." Scroll down to completion declarations > Select Indigenous Training. Enter Unit = 1, PDH= the hours of the course taken, and type in the course title, date taken and presenter/organization.
If you declare a combination of two or more courses, include:
- the total PD hours; list the course title;
- the organization that conducted the training;
- The date and hours for each course, i.e. Indigenous Awareness training, ICT, Oct 2020 (3 hrs), Indigenous Reconciliation - ICT, Nov 2020, (3 hrs).
Exempt registrants (as noted above) are asked to declare under Indigenous Training and may enter zero PDH with a short explanation.