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Indigenous Peacekeeping

Applied Certificate
Indigenous Peacekeeping

Program Overview

Peacekeeping has a long tradition in First Nations culture. It is less about law enforcement, more about prevention and intervention at a community level. As a peacekeeper, you’ll engage with your community … because you believe in serving your community.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic delivers the Indigenous Peacekeeping program at the request of First Nations that want to develop skilled peacekeepers within their community. You need to be physically fit, living a healthy lifestyle and committed to making a difference in your community.

Indigenous Peacekeeping is an applied certificate program delivered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic in partnership with First Nations communities. You’ll learn from highly trained instructors who have experience working in the justice system. You’ll learn about:

  • addictions, family violence and suicide intervention
  • basic emergency management and security techniques
  • interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills
  • first aid/CPR and search & rescue
  • First Nations governance and the criminal justice system
  • investigative interviewing and report writing skills

Scenario-Based Training

Peacekeeping happens at a community level, so your training emphasizes hands-on training in the field. You’ll participate in four field experiences. Each will give you a chance to apply your newly learned skills in different community-based settings.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take on the role of a peacekeeper. The program trains you specifically for employment in your own community, where you’ll work in community-based law enforcement and justice. Ask your local band office about job opportunities.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
PeacekeeperPolice Officers (Except Commissioned) (6261)$40,600 - $103,100
Security GuardSecurity Guards and Related Occupations (6651)$24,500 - $52,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies

For more information about delivery of this program, contact Dawn Fleming (Prince Albert campus) at fleming@saskpolytech.ca or 306-765-1774.


Length: 25 weeks

Locations

  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 60 Reading
  • 60 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, contact Dawn Fleming (Woodland campus) at fleming@saskpolytech.ca or 306-765-1774.

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 112
Interpersonal Communication
3
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You will focus on developing basic communication skills including effective listening and responding skills, trust building, verbal and nonverbal communication. You will also examine the role of self concept in effective communication.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 107, COMM 291, COMM 296, HUMR 186
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
COMM 227
Interviewing
2
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You will review and apply the skills necessary to conduct effective interviews in law enforcement settings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CORR 167
Criminal Justice System
3
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You will examine the components of the criminal justice system. You will examine how the components work together to respond to crime and crime control.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
CORR 176
Youth Justice
2
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You will review young offender legislation and examine Saskatchewan's model for managing young offenders. You will discuss trends in approaches to youth justice and also examine specific programs delivered in Saskatchewan.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
COUN 160
Crisis Intervention
1
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You will learn the principles of crisis intervention and negotiation as they apply to policing. You will demonstrate basic strategies for dealing with individuals who are in a state of crisis.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
LAW 163
Law Enforcement Reporting Procedures
2
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You will develop observational skills to collect information to write a variety of law enforcement reports. Based on these acquired skills, you will use a notebook to record detailed information which will then be utilized to write police reports. You will also link information in these reports to the delivery of testimony in court.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
LEGL 142
Ethics in Policing Careers
3
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You will study the process of developing values and how they relate to the development of morals. You will examine the concepts embodied in values clarification and moral dilemmas, as they apply to the field of policing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
LEGL 145
Criminal Investigation Procedures
4
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You will learn about the processes involved in criminal investigations. You will apply skills in gathering information, collecting evidence, and securing a crime scene.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NAST 141
Overview Of Indigenous Peacekeeping And First Nations Community Policing
2
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You will examine the history of European Indigenous relations with a view to understanding the current relationships and the challenges inherent within this historical landscape. You will study the evolution of First Nation’s community policing with emphasis on self administered and community tripartite agreements. You will also examine the traditional role of peacekeepers and their contemporary role in maintaining community safety.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NAST 142
First Nations Governance Studies
4
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You will understand the framework for the development of First Nations governance systems, models of self-determination and law making. You will examine the history of the constitutional and legal foundations for self-government in Canada, identify actors, institutions and processes of public policy development and administrative governance for First Nations. You will also explore practices of community governance in First Nations communities.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NAST 143
Implementation of Indigenous Peacekeeping
1
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You will explore the concepts of adversarial and restorative justice approaches in First Nations communities and identify established protocols with police services.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PERS 142
Personal Wellness
3
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You will examine various aspects of personal wellness with emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECE 142, HLTH 184, NEPS 116, PE 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SFTY 157
Control Tactics
3
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You will apply techniques for dealing with hostility and aggressive behaviour and develop a self care plan for managing stress in a difficult work environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): LEGL 145 or (SECG 140, SECG 141)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 158
Introduction to Search and Rescue
2
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You will learn methods to organize community members to participate in a search and rescue operation. As part of your studies you will be required to participate in a search and rescue operation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 159
Community Response to Traumatic Events
2
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You will learn methods to coordinate your community resources and respond to a traumatic event.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SPSY 140
Addictions and Mental Health
3
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You will examine the theoretical perspectives of addictive behaviors with a focus on substance abuse and problematic gambling. You will examine the link between mental health issues and addictions. You will also apply intervention skills for dealing with individuals exhibiting problematic behaviors.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): YCW 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SPSY 141
Family Violence Strategies
3
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You will study violence in a family setting. You will apply this knowledge to understanding the perpetrator and the victim when planning interventions in First Nations communities. You will examine the role of community resources available to support families in the community.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
WORK 150
Field Experience 1
0
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You will observe scheduled events in your community under the supervision of peacekeepers or law enforcement personnel. You will submit detailed observation reports of the assigned activities.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group
WORK 151
Field Experience 2
0
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You will participate in assigned community activities which will include cultural events, community events, school activities. You will also deliver a presentation on an assigned topic within the community.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group
WORK 152
Field Experience 3
0
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You will apply skills learned in LEGL 145 Criminal Investigation Procedures in a community setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): LEGL 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group
WORK 153
Field Experience 4
0
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You will perform the role of a peacekeeper in your community.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group
YCW 285
Conflict Resolution
3
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You will be introduced to conflict theory and to approaches of resolving interpersonal conflict. You will examine the model of Interest Based Conflict Resolution. You will act as a mediator by applying the stages of the model. You will examine the process of mediation, family conferencing and community-based restorative justice in the criminal justice system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • course transfers to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Aboriginal Police Preparation applied certificate program and Correctional Studies diploma program

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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