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University Of Winnipeg Grads In Master’s Program Will Also Receive Cando Certification


Jennifer Ledoux

Jennifer Ledoux

Vanessa Tait

Vanessa Tait


By Sam Laskaris
Cando Writer

Completing a certain Master’s program at the University of Winnipeg will have even more significance now.
Those that now graduate from the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development program will also have met all the requirements to be awarded the Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED) certificate through Cando.

Cando is the national Indigenous organization that promotes economic development.

The five-year accreditation agreement between the University of Winnipeg and Cando was announced at the Cando Conference staged in Fredericton in late October. The agreement will be reviewed, and possibly renewed in 2022, upon the completion of the current five-year term.

“It surely enhances the professional opportunities for our students,” said Jennifer Ledoux, the career counselor for the university’s program.

Ledoux also said networking opportunities offered to those with Cando certification will be a huge plus for the graduates of the Winnipeg Master’s program.

The program was already one-of-a-kind to begin with. Globally there are a total of 30 schools that offers the Master’s in Development Practice program. But the University of Winnipeg is the only one which focuses on Indigenous development.

“I think that’s very unique,” Ledoux said.
Cando’s certification co-ordinator Vanessa Tait is thrilled with the new agreement.

“In having the University of Winnipeg as an accredited institute it ensures that there are more options to certify Aboriginal economic development officers,” she said. “Cando is pleased to have this partnership, as it will ensure Cando’s curriculum-based competency requirements are met and will standardize the skills and knowledge of Aboriginal economic development officers across Canada.”

A number of other post-secondary schools from across the country have been offering Cando certification upon completion of their programs. But the University of Winnipeg became the first one to be awarded the ability to grant Cando certification since the organization altered its competency requirements in 2015.
Previously there were 16 requirements that had to be met in order to receive the TAED certificate.
Tait said there are now 11, somewhat more stringent requirements, which have to be achieved.

Tait added schools seeking Cando accreditation must submit a self-study preparation binder, detailing how its program meets TAED competencies. A site visit from Cando officials is also required in order for certification to be granted.

Tait added the new agreement between the University of Winnipeg and Cando will prove to be beneficiall.
“This further assures students enrolled in the accredited program are getting relevant and practical education to enhance and recognize the reputation of Aboriginal practitioners,” she said.


For more information:

Western Region (Manitoba and west)
Carmelle Nepoose, Cando Certification Coordinator at 1-780-990-0303 ext 237
or email: carmelle.nepoose@edo.ca for more information.

Eastern Region (Ontario and east)
Anita Boyle, Cando Certification Coordinator at 1-506-623-9596
or email: anita.boyle@edo.ca for more information.