Age 19+
Program Type Outdoor/Experiential Ed Training
Duration 18 days
Location Canadian Rocky Mountains, AB
Indigenous Territories KTUNAXA NATION
Courses / Rocky Mountain Indigenous Instructor Development Program

Rocky Mountain Indigenous Instructor Development Program

Build on your knowledge and experience with this hands-on learning experience on the Land, ensuring you gain top-quality training in outdoor skills and leading adventurous journeys using the Outward Bound process model.

your inner journey

The Outward Bound Canada Indigenous Instructor Development Program is designed to give you a high-quality immersion into the Outward Bound approach to outdoor education. This is the most rugged of any course: you will be challenged mentally, physically and emotionally, so that you may advance your own skills in order to come away as a more confident outdoor leader. You will learn to integrate your own knowledge and experiences into the Outward Bound curriculum and process. Furthermore, this immersion into the Outward Bound teaching model will educate you on how to coach participants, assess and manage risks, and challenge them where needed – so that participants will emerge from their courses and programs as more resilient, self-reliant and compassionate people.


Join us in the heart of the Canadian Rockies to expand your skills and an outdoor leader in Canmore in Treaty No. 7, the traditional territory the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations and the homeland of the Métis Nation. 

After time at the base camp, you will travel to the heart of the Canadian Rockies along the north bank of the Red Deer River. On this course, more than on any other, we will be sticking to rugged hiking terrain, ensuring you learn within circumstances that are likely to be more challenging than anything your participants will face. However, the more rugged terrain, the more beautiful the mountains become, giving you a first-hand look at breath-taking landscapes.

No Outward Bound expedition is a guided trip; it is always an immersive experience led by you and your group. For this course, the emphasis is on teaching you to safely and effectively lead a group in the remote wilderness. On this expedition, you will learn three distinct skill-sets:

  • Technical skills: focusing on developing the foundational competencies needed to be a professional outdoor leader;
  • People skills: focusing on developing core facilitation, educational, communication, and processing skills; and
  • Personal development skills: focusing on cultivating the personal qualities, attributes, and state of being that are the real foundation upon which all other skills rest. 

Furthermore, your course also includes a solo experience, where you will put your new-found skills into practice and have the space to reflect on earlier conversations from the course, absorb important realizations about yourself, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve you going forward. Those who successfully complete the course and meet other requirements can apply for a summer internship with Outward Bound Canada. If you are interested in an internship with us, please read the Internship Opportunity section below.

To begin the application process for this program, please fill in the online application by clicking next to the course dates at the top of this page. To learn how fit you need to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here.

internship opportunity

Within Outward Bound Canada, internships are designed to allow you to continue your learning from your program and get practical experience leading alongside our seasoned instructors. A limited number of internships are available each year and are awarded through a competitive application process. If chosen for an internship, the program team will reach out to discuss opportunities for upcoming wilderness programs.


Funding for Programs for Indigenous Youth and Adults are offered thanks to the generous support of individual donors, corporations and a number of dedicated foundations, providing sustainable, long term funding for the growth of programming for Indigenous participants at Outward Bound Canada.

Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.

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