Ch’nook Scholars to teach Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

We are proud to announce that six Ch’nook Scholars from institutions across the province of British Columbia will be joining the Arc Initiative team of individuals from Sauder including, faculty, students and alumni to participate in delivering a business skills conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2012. They will assist in delivering and teaching the week-long interactive conference being offered to emerging Ethiopian entrepreneurs.

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About Ch’nook Scholars

Ch’nook Indigenous Business Network provides Aboriginal business & management students access to a variety of opportunities and resources to enhance their business education. Network registration is free and is open to full-time and part-time students studying at one of Ch’nook’s 25 Accord Partner Institutions as well as Ch’nook Alumni.

About the Arc Initiative

The ARC Initiative fosters “bridge building” with organizations and entities that create a sharing of ideas and knowledge between communities. It works jointly with community organizations to collaboratively build programming such as internships, workshops and mentoring activities for young entrepreneurs. The ARC symbolizes a two way flow of energy, with energy being defined as ideas and knowledge. All efforts of the ARC initiative are grounded in this philosophy, a philosophy that promotes a two-way flow of learning and sharing.

The initiative currently has programs in Phalaborwa , South Africa and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These locations are the focal point because two members of the ARC are from these cities and have extensive relationships at the community level. These relationships form the basis of the partnership and greatly enhance the effectiveness of the partnership. Future locations will build on the same model in which existing community level relationships exist for partnering opportunities and joint programming.