Indigenous Instructor Development Program – Rocky Mountain
Are you interested in an adventurous and meaningful career working on the land?
This is a training and recruitment program for Indigenous leaders who wish to pursue employment with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) or an outdoor career. This 18-day backpacking skills and leadership course will build upon your pre-existing knowledge and skills, providing a foundation in Outward Bound expedition travel, facilitation, and group management. The curriculum will be based on OBC’s model of experiential education, however it is more demanding than typical student courses, in order to prepare participants for being in the role of an instructor.
The first phase of the course will be focused on developing and aligning competency in technical skills including camping, group travel, risk management, and navigation, as well as practising group decision making processes and reflective discussions. As the course progresses, instructors will transfer more responsibility to participants and students will have opportunities to practise leading the group. The course will culminate in the participants taking responsibility for navigation and decision-making. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a solo experience.
Successful completion of this course may lead to employment opportunities with OBC, and support in obtaining further qualifications such as an 80 hour Wilderness First Responder certification.