AFOA Canada is pleased to offer the CIHRP In-Person Program as an option for current and future Human Resources professionals working in Indigenous communities and organizations on-reserve, off-reserve and in urban, rural and isolated settings across Canada. Developed under the guidance of an Indigenous Human Resources Professional Committee, this is the only national program in Canada that addresses the competency needs of those working in Indigenous environments. Session facilitators and guest speakers are "specialists" in their fields and proficient in Indigenous matters.

This 12-day Program will be delivered in four three-day sessions based on the Schedule below. The participants in your customized group will have the opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory sessions with each other from various departments. There will be mandatory pre-reading and homework assignments throughout the program. The Program curriculum covered is outlined by session.

This 12-day program was originally developed to be offered in an in-person format however, due to our current circumstances with the COVID-19 situation we have transferred the program to a virtual format while this situation lasts. Depending on what happens with the COVID-19 situation we may or may not be able to complete this cohort in an in-person format in Ottawa, ON.

Location: Ottawa, ON (Online & in-person)

Session 1 - Environmental Competencies
July 17-19, 2020
  • Professional Practice
  • Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
  • I-HRP In-Person Program Orientation (half day)
  Session 3 - Social Competencies
October 16-18, 2020
  • Labour and Employee Relations
  • Engagement
  • Organizational Effectiveness

Session 2 - Economic Competencies
August 28-30, 2020
  • HR Metrics, Reporting and Financial
  • Total Rewards
  • Strategy
  Session 4 - Culture Competencies
March 5-7, 2021
  • Training and Development
  • Culture
  • Certification Exam Preparation & Diploma Ceremony (half day)


For more information contact the education department at





Message from the Terry Goodtrack, President and Chief Executive Officer, AFOA Canada

The health and safety of AFOA Canada's Members, delegates, business partners, stakeholders and communities are the over-riding priority for AFOA Canada. This is why after careful consideration, AFOA Canada made the decision to postpone the 21st National Conference originally scheduled for October 27 – 29, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia given the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Further updates will be provided as more information on next steps are determined.

We thank you all for your understanding during this unprecedented time. Our thoughts go out to our members, future members and their families directly impacted by the virus. We hope to see everyone at our next National Conference in the fall of 2021.

We will see you there!

Read the Press Release


 Virtual Indigenous Community Income Tax Clinics

Virtual Indigenous Community Income Tax Clinics

Do you need help with your tax return? 

You may be able to get your tax return done for free by volunteers at AFOA Canada’s free tax clinic.

Call us today at 1-866-722-2362 or send us an email at

 CAPA Hybrid Session - Cohort 11

CAPA Hybrid Session - Cohort 11

Calgary, AB – offered virtually and in-person
Session 1 begins July 2020!

AFOA Canada is now accepting applications for CAPA In-Person Session - Cohort 11, this 18 day program is delivered in six three-day sessions. Being assigned to one CAPA group for the program, participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory sessions with others working in similar environments.

For more information or to register, please visit the CAPA In-Person webpage .

 Request for Proposals: AFOA Canada Financial Wellness Training


AFOA Canada is pleased to release the Request for Proposals for development of Indigenous Financial Wellness Training materials that will build the financial literacy skills of the United Way of East Ontario’s clientele and other local organizations’ clientele for in-person and online training.

DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to Sara Roundpoint at no later than MAY 29, 2020 @ 5PM (EDT).

Download the RFP