First Nations Schools Principals’ Course

First Nations Schools Principals’ Course

Skilled, committed principals who provide consistent and creative leadership are crucial for maintaining successful schools and student educational outcomes. But principals working in First Nations schools often have to manage isolation, limited resources and complex social issues – without the professional development and access to networks available in provincially funded schools.

The MFI First Nations Schools Principals’ Course was developed in partnership with Martin Family Initiative, OISE Indigenous education scholars, and an advisory board of Canadian First Nations leaders and educators, to address the specific professional learning needs of principals, vice principals and aspiring school leaders in band-operated First Nations schools.

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What You'll Learn

Together with school leaders from First Nations schools across Canada, you’ll explore effective school leadership and school improvement strategies in a First Nations context, how to lead change efforts in Band-operated schools, and how to effectively work with Chiefs, Band Councils and Elders in the community.

You’ll work with teachers to establish and implement high expectations for student learning and wellbeing, and use a range of data about students’ learning to improve classroom instruction. The course also includes a 30-hour practicum to work on a project that will remain in the community.

Who Should Enroll in this Course

This program has no formal prerequisites, but has been designed specifically for Principals, Vice Principals and aspiring school leaders who are working in First Nations schools.

Most Commonly Related Occupations

Teachers in First Nations schools

Vice Principals in First Nations schools

Principals in First Nations schools

Program Overview

This blended format program includes 1-day virtual synchronous session, followed by 9 months of online learning, including video conferencing, peer networking and practical experience.

Program Length

10 months



Class Size

Under 30 Learners

Course Duration

250 hours


3-6 hours per week

Total Investment

$750 (HST Exempt)

Upcoming Courses

The First Nations Schools Principals' Course is designed for Principals, Vice Principals and aspiring school leaders who want to develop educational leadership skills and school improvement strategies.  The curriculum includes readings, resources, discussions and case studies about the specific opportunities and challenges of working in First Nations Band-operated schools.

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