Community: land and water based learning

Commitment to land and water based learning is central to the Indigenous Governance (IGOV) approach to learning. Students are strongly encouraged to challenge themselves in their academic work and in applying the knowledge and values shared in the classroom to IGOV land and water based projects and work in their own communities.

As our goal is to prepare students for leadership roles, we try to provide opportunities outside of the classroom that teach, practice, and honor Indigenous ways of knowing through experience and active involvement with local Indigenous communities.  Every week IGOV students take part in a mentorship activity with a faculty member.  This usually involves an activity on the land or water as a way of learning what the environment can teach them.

Becoming an effective leader requires the ability to find balance in all areas of one's life including academic work, personal health, family, and community. Maintaining this balance requires both a healthy body and a healthy mind. IGOV offers weekly group physical and cultural activities to support students in finding their balance.