Presentation on theme: "Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies The Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies promotes interest among Canada’s Aboriginal."— Presentation transcript:
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies The Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies promotes interest among Canada’s Aboriginal people in the study of business at the post-secondary level, while undertaking pure and applied research specific to Aboriginal communities.
Why Business? Chief Terry Paul summarized the importance of recruiting young Aboriginals to the study of business as: “This must be our future! Self reliance and self governance will only come with economic independence and the foundation for this is the study of business.”
Career Opportunities in Business Can you imagine yourself working in... If the answer is YES, we have what you are looking for! Economic Development Program Management Cultural Tourism Accounting Band Management Marketing
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies “ The Chair” is focusing its work in four areas: 1.Research to identify “best business practices” in Aboriginal communities 2.National student recruitment for the study of Business in Canadian universities 3.Enhancement of the Business curriculum to support expanded access
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies “ The Chair” is focusing its work in four areas: 4.Mentorship of youth a)potential business students b)those currently studying business in post-secondary
Aboriginal Context – Canada Population of Canada = over 35 million, 8% growth rate (Statistics Canada, 2013) Land Mass = just under 10 million square km. Aboriginal Population =1.4 million, 45% growth rate Aboriginal (Constitution Act, 1982) Includes: 700k First Nations 390k Metis 50k Inuit
Business Trends Canada’s leading industries Agriculture, Energy (Oil, Hydro Electric), Technology, Services (retail, health, education, tourism), Manufacturing Changing Demographics Aging non-aboriginal work force Growing aboriginal youth population In the News Resources in rural areas, conflict between resource extraction companies and Aboriginal communities
Need for Education One-quarter of non-Aboriginal adults had a university degree, compared to 9% of Métis, 7% of First Nations people and 4% of Inuit. In 2006, one-third (33%) of Aboriginal adults aged 25 to 54 had less than a high school education compared to nearly 13% of the non-Aboriginal population, a difference of 20 percentage points.
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Why should Aboriginal People study Business? Employment Entrepreneurship Empowerment End to Poverty Ensuring the Future
What current students say? Education effort must be as inclusive and representative as possible. Must target youth Must respect heritage, historical legacies, include legal and political context, and be broadly inclusive of business concepts. Excite and engage students. They must be active participants and their opinions have to matter.
Findings – Student feedback What needs to be sustained: Traditional Knowledge Inclusive Approaches Self Determination Health and Well-being Community Pride
What needs to be supported: Need for Aboriginal content in business education Issues of proximity and need for support structures Need for more knowledge regarding funding options Need for better university preparation Findings – Student Feedback
Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Programme Business Network for Aboriginal Youth Mentorship program targeting Aboriginal high school students from Nova Scotia. Attract students to the study of Business. Aims to enrich the lives of Aboriginal secondary students by helping to manage the transition from high school to university business education. Aboriginal role models/mentors.
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth What is the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth ? A mentorship program to increase interest in the study of business at university. Who can apply? Any Aboriginal student in grades 10-12 in Nova Scotia that is interested in business.
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth What’s in it for students? Discover the countless number of business opportunities using social media networks via BlackBerry technology. Be part of a virtual community of Aboriginal students who share the same interests using:
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth What’s in it for students? Travel to other communities to participate in youth business gatherings Learn from the best Aboriginal business mentors and elders from all across Nova Scotia
Students are required to participate in bi-weekly challenges created by their mentor. Challenges are submitted via social media. Two gatherings in community Introduction – Mentors, students, administration, the program components final gathering – “Graudation” Each student prepares a short video “pitch” The top 2 videos will be given awards. Business Network for Aboriginal Youth
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth What is the model: Linking students and mentors One on one meetings – Technology: Balance Student Mentor Ratio Clearly defined expectation (roles, timelines, boundaries) Dedicated staff
Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Business Network for Aboriginal Youth Best practices Must have in person meetings Meet them in their comfort zone Thoughtful selection of mentors Integrating culture can be challenging but critical Connectivity and travel can be costly Make it fun!
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