Indigenous Coach Training Certificate Program

Do you want to be a professional coach? Do you want to support others to achieve their goals? Do you want to learn with other Indigenous coaches? If so, this program may be for you.

Target Audience:
This pilot program is accepting a maximum of 12 Indigenous participants who would like to learn to coach professionally.

This program will graduate Indigenous coaches who will work with Indigenous clients, communities, organizations, different levels of government and within the private sector. The program adopts the core competencies of the International Coaching Federation into language and approaches which align with Indigenous teachings.

The Program:
This program starts with a two-day in-person gathering where we will build a learning community through a jointly created safe space for storytelling, vulnerability, friendship and support. We will introduce what coaching is in relation to an Indigenous context and how it informs coaching practice.

We will then move to thirteen virtual sessions of (three hours each), where we will learn and practice the coaching skills.

The final session will be an in-person closing circle.

Participants will have access to Elders and Knowledge Keepers as part of the program.

Course content will include require reading and self-reflection time guided by the course content.

The Content:
  • Specific number of hours of in-person circle gatherings, webinars, plus specific hours of mentor coaching
  • The historical context of working with Indigenous communities/client-partners
  • The eight (8) core competencies (modified to recognize the Indigenous context) of being a professional coach (per the International Coaching Federation)
  • Some of the skills/knowledge topics include:
  • What is coaching and how does it differ from mentoring/counselling?
  • How is coaching different from sharing with Elders and Knowledge Keepers?
  • Ethical considerations of being a coach
  • The art of listening at a deeper level
  • How to structure powerful questions
  • The power of holding space for your client-partner to accept their inner wisdom
  • When to use storytelling as a tool


Please be aware that our Jan​uary 2024 cohort has limited spaces available. 

To register your interest, please fill in the application form and send it to The window to accept applications will be open from October 16 -31, 2023.​​


  • January 11 & 12, 2024 in person (location Vancouver, TBC)
  • Every Wednesday from January 17 – April 17,​​ 2024 virtual via Zoom
  • April 24, 2024, in-person Closing Circle (location Vancouver, TBC)
This program is sponsored, in part, by the First Nations Health Authority.

Cost of this program: $4500 + GST.

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodations.
Lunch will be provided for in-person events.

For participants interested in becoming an internationally credentialed coach, the program will be submitted for accreditation and will meet the standards of the Level 1 training (ACSTH Path): The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - ACC Paths (

If you have any questions related to the program, please contact​.
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