Successful Aboriginal businesses run by Aboriginal managers are crucial to ensuring the self-sufficiency and sustained economic growth of Aboriginal communities. The Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education initiative at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is an investment in future generations of Aboriginal business leaders, and the future of business in Canada.
For potential Funder Partnerships please contact:
Patrick Estey, MA
Associate Director, Development | Development and Alumni Engagement
Sauder School of Business, UBC
1600-800 Robson Street
C. 604-418-3788 | F. 604-822-0592
The program’s mission is to encourage and support business education for Aboriginal participants. In support of this mission, Ch’nook offers a full range of educational opportunities, including the exploration of business career options with high-school students (“Cousins”), networking and support for Aboriginal students engaged in full-time business studies (“Scholars”), and the Advanced Management Program for Aboriginal participants looking to develop fundamental business knowledge and skills.
Over the past ten years, the pioneering Ch’nook venture has established a network that includes community leaders, 25 post-secondary institutions, an outstanding Advisory Board, Aboriginal Scholars, Aboriginal Bands, and members of the business community. Through this solid framework, Ch’nook provides critical business training to develop the Aboriginal management capacity that will generate sustainable economic growth and, in turn, sustainable communities.
Our objective is to significantly increase the number of students engaged in meaningful business studies through the Ch’nook initiative and across BC. Increased participation in Ch’nook will make a genuine difference in Aboriginal communities by empowering Aboriginal youth and enabling them to reach their full potential as knowledgeable and innovative members of the business community.
Core Programs and Activities
Ch’nook Cousins introduces Aboriginal students in grades 11 and 12 to entrepreneurship and management as career options. It creates connections with post-secondary Aboriginal business students and corporate partners, and emphasizes the importance of secondary and post-secondary education for future success.
The Ch’nook Indigenous Business Network engages Aboriginal students in business and management studies at higher educational institutions across the province. It aims to encourage, enable and enhance students’ business education experiences through network gatherings, career and professional development, and academic and financial support. Each year, approximately 40 full-time students are recognized as Ch’nook Scholars. Each Scholar receives at $2000 scholarship, all expenses paid attendance to two provincial gatherings, as well as professional development opportunities. Though the Scholars initiative is core to the Network, there are many opportunities for other students to participate in activities and receive funding assistance from Ch’nook.
The Ch’nook Advanced Management Program is a part-time certificate program designed for Aboriginal participants with at least five years of work experience who are interested in developing enhanced business management skills. Tuition fees range from $4,500 for local students to $9,000 for non-local students. This covers tuition and course materials. The higher fee for non -local students also includes all travel, accommodation and meals.
How you can help
The support of our alumni, community and corporate partners has been crucial to the growth and continued success of Ch’nook. We invite you to help increase Aboriginal participation in business education. Below are a few opportunities for involvement:
- Financial support of the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Network enables opportunities for students to attend peer-support and educational gatherings, and provides access to career advice, academic support and financial awards.
- Your support of awards for the Advanced Management Program participants will significantly offset their tuition fees and enable their participation in the program.
- Financial contributions to Ch’nook Cousins will support the continued offering of regional gatherings to high school students.
Effective and knowledgeable leadership is vital to the sustainable economic growth and success of Aboriginal communities in British Columbia and across the country. In support of this goal, we invite our partners to join us in our efforts to increase Aboriginal participation in business education and foster the next generation of Aboriginal business leaders.
By supporting the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education initiative, you do so much more than help a future community leader – you will help create a foundation for community success and prosperity for betterment of all Canadians. Together, we can build management capacity in Aboriginal communities.
Contact us today for more information on how you can support this innovative initiative.