Links to Learning Accredited Training

Cando offers professional development and accredited training at our National Conference and Links to Learning events. These conferences are tailored to each region’s EDO preference/expressed need. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all accredited training will be held virtually and is open to Cando members located across Canada.

Have a look at the upcoming Links to Learning Accredited Training courses now being offered.


Accredited Training towards TAED Certification

Date: March 29, 2021

Competency 1: Aboriginal Law & Policies
ACED-220 - First Nations Law and Community Economic Development

Instructor: Koren Lightning Earle
Course Details

ACED 220 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nations Law and Economic Development. The student will learn about constitutional law, case law, and public policy. This course will discuss the concepts of self-government and also of community development. Analysis will include studying the Indian Act and also studying contemporary economic initiatives. In addition, this course will discuss the communities' control over services, creation of corporations, and economic development. Systemic issues such as historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations will be studied. This course will provide a historical understanding of contemporary events as well as current legal and political developments.

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The instructor: Koren Lightning-Earle

Koren Lightning Earle

Koren Lightning-Earle, ’00 BA (Rec/Leisure), ’04 BA, ’07 LLB, ’18 LLM, Blue Thunderbird Woman, is Cree from Samson Cree Nation. She is a Lawyer with Wahkotowin Law and Governance Lodge. She is Vice-President of Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society and Board Member for First Nations Caring Society. She is Acting Commissioner for Alberta Utilities Commission. She was the Indigenous Initiatives Liaison at the Law Society of Alberta. She was President of the Indigenous Bar Association for 6 years.  

Koren graduated from Law School in 2007 at the University of Alberta. She was called to the bar in February 2009 and had the honour of having her Bar Call on her Reserve of Samson Cree Nation. She was called by Chief Justice Wachowich and Federal Court Justice Mandamin. In addition to her Bachelor of Laws, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Special) degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Students. Koren received her Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, her concentration was Alternative Dispute Resolution.

She was recently awarded “Tomorrow’s Leader” Award from Women in Law Leadership Awards. She was awarded the Alumni Horizon Award from the University of Alberta in 2017. Koren Is alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, she participated in the 2017 NWT Tour. She was an elected council member for Samson Cree Nation from 2011-2014 and is co-founder of Hub, a community mobilization program to help reduce crime. She was co-chair of the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council.   She is also a sessional instructor at Maskwacis Cultural College, a post-secondary school within the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alta. Lightning-Earle is married, has two daughters, is a Girl Guide leader and is a sole practitioner at Thunderbird Law in her home community.

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Accredited Training towards TAED Certification

Competency 7: Project Management

Instructor: Morgan Bamford, Contract Instructor, NVIT

Date: January 12, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm MST

Number of Participants: Limited to 25!

Course Details
Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience.

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The instructor: Morgan Bamford

Morgan BamfordMorgan is a contract instructor with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, facilitating accredited training courses in the Aboriginal Community Economic Development program. He has a background in Municipal-Indigenous relations, Indigenous CED and organizational development. Morgan currently works in the municipal sector and co-owns a small CED research and consulting business. He is Board Chair of Volunteer Alberta, which advocates for the growth and development of the non-profit voluntary sector in the province.

Morgan holds an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Sport and Recreation from the University of Alberta. He is PAED (Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer) certified through Cando. He and his wife Jocelyn live in Edmonton, Alberta.


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