Ch’nook Mission

"It's is very clear to the First Nations Leadership Council that focusing on economic development by itself does not pave the road to self-reliance. However, when economic development is combined with strong business education, then we have the equation that equals Aboriginal success.”

- Grand Chief Ed John


Ch'nook's mission is to promote business, management and entrepreneurship as viable career opportunities for Aboriginal students in order to contribute to creating a sustainable and self-sufficient economic future for First Nation communities in British Columbia and across Canada.

Ch'nook accomplishes this through:

  1. Working with Aboriginal leaders to educate and inspire them in delivering their vision to create and manage internationally competitive, locally responsive and sustainable economic strategies for the future.
  2. Generating awareness with Aboriginal high school students of the benefits that can be achieved through pursuing business education studies for themselves and their communities.
  3. Providing access to a wide range of financial and knowledge resources, networking, mentoring and internship opportunities to support post-secondary Aboriginal business students in their efforts to be successful in completing their business degrees.
  4. Developing an Aboriginal cultural, knowledge and teaching and learning context for all individuals participating in Ch'nook's activities. 
  5. Creating proactive linkages and opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between Aboriginal leaders and business professionals, University faculty, corporate leaders, students and First Nation communities.

Ch'nook's Three Pillars

Ch'nook's vision for its Indigenous Business Education strategy is composed of three central pillars: student development, faculty involvement, and community engagement. In adopting this approach, we contribute to community-based economic development through a dual focus on fostering student interest in and engagement with post-secondary business education opportunities and on supporting Aboriginal business leaders and entrepreneurs in developing crucial business skills and capabilities.