AFOA Canada is pleased to offer the CIHRP In-Person Program as an option for current and future Human Resources professionals working in Indigenous communities and organizations on-reserve, off-reserve and in urban, rural and isolated settings across Canada. Developed under the guidance of an Indigenous Human Resources Professional Committee, this is the only national program in Canada that addresses the competency needs of those working in Indigenous environments. Session facilitators and guest speakers are "specialists" in their fields and proficient in Indigenous matters.

This 12-day Program will be delivered in four three-day sessions based on the Schedule below. The participants in your customized group will have the opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory sessions with each other from various departments. There will be mandatory pre-reading and homework assignments throughout the program. The Program curriculum covered is outlined by session.

This 12-day program was originally developed to be offered in an in-person format however, due to our current circumstances with the COVID-19 situation we have transferred the program to a virtual format while this situation lasts. Depending on what happens with the COVID-19 situation we may or may not be able to complete this cohort in an in-person format.

Location: Virtual Cohort (all sessions will take place in the Central Timezone CT)

Session 1 - Environmental Competencies
January 29-31, 2021
  • Professional Practice
  • Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
  • I-HRP In-Person Program Orientation (half day)
  Session 3 - Social Competencies
June 25-27, 2021
  • Labour and Employee Relations
  • Engagement
  • Organizational Effectiveness

Session 2 - Economic Competencies
March 12-14, 2021
  • HR Metrics, Reporting and Financial
  • Total Rewards
  • Strategy
  Session 4 - Culture Competencies
August 6-8, 2021
  • Training and Development
  • Culture
  • Certification Exam Preparation & Diploma Ceremony (half day)


There is a CIHRP scholarship for the first two sessions available through the Indigenous Learning Centre.

For more information contact the education department at education@afoa.ca

We are happy to announce the CIHRP designation may be granted through the CIHRP Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Process. For more information CLICK HERE.