Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program

What is The Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program?

The Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program is a full school year program for grade eight students who enjoy being in the outdoors and want to improve their leadership and teamwork skills while working on the grade eight curriculum in a practical format. Students will not switch from subject to subject, class to class, but rather will take all classes with the same teachers in an integrated, project-based format. Through experiential education, students in the program will plan for their future by developing leadership and teamwork skills in a culturally responsive way, thereby enriching their lives and our community. The program has been created under the guidance of knowledge keepers and Elders and will seek to infuse Indigenous culture into the curriculum. 

Who is it for?

The program is for grade eight students who want to spend their entire year learning the curriculum through hands-on, in and out of school experiences. It is for students who are interested in learning through integrated projects, in a holistic approach to learning that honors Indigenous ways of knowing. It is for young people who have shown the potential for leadership and would like to further develop it. Our program is geared towards those students who have this potential but might not have been able to realize yet. 

How do I apply?

  1. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, applications will be digital this year. Applications will be due Thursday, May 14, 2020.
  2. Click here to download the 2020-21 Application Information and to learn more about the program.

  3. You're in? Head over to to complete the form and apply for the program this year.

  4. On May 15, applicants will receive a secondary Google Form to complete. This will be due on May 22nd. Consultation with current teachers will also occur.

  5. Applicants will be notified on May 29th whether they have been accepted to the program or not.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Derek Hyland at

LBCL Overview Presentation