Our Aboriginal Relations team seeks to support economic growth in the First Nations communities and cultures where we do business. Through our support of educational bursaries, we’re also helping to train the Aboriginal business leaders of tomorrow.
That’s why we have decided to renew our support of the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education initiative, offered through the University of British Columbia. We made the $300,000, three-year funding announcement as the fifth cohort of students were set to graduate from Ch’nook’s Aboriginal Management Program in May 2011. The program integrates a variety of topics, including Aboriginal values, entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing and business strategy to train a new generation of Aboriginal business leaders.
With the graduation ceremony complete, we are approaching 200 graduated students from the Aboriginal Management Program since its launch in 2007. We have been a strong funding partner of the Ch’nook initiative over the past three years and our support has sponsored students in the Aboriginal Management Program, helped Ch’nook reach out to high school students considering post-secondary business education and enabled the expansion of the Ch’nook Scholars network.