The Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies


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The Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies

  1. 1. Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business StudiesThe Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal BusinessStudies promotes interest among Canada’sAboriginal people in the study of business at thepost-secondary level, while undertaking pure andapplied research specific to Aboriginalcommunities.
  2. 2. Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies“The Chair” is focusing its work in three areas:1. Research on what “drives” success in Aboriginal business: • An examination of the Membertou Model • An examination of best business practices in Unama’ki • An examination of best business practices in Aboriginal communities
  3. 3. Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies“The Chair” is focusing its work in three areas:2. National student recruitment for the study of Business in Canadian universities3. Enhancement of the Business curriculum to support expanded access
  4. 4. Regional Roundtable DiscussionsRegional roundtable participation 28 students with representation from: • 19 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities • 9 provinces • 19 universities
  5. 5. Regional Roundtable DiscussionsSome of the main points discussed were:• The overall level of interest of Aboriginal students in business• Student perceptions of the importance of business and business leaders to communities• Student perceptions of barriers to the study of business at the University level• The enhancement of business curriculum with more Aboriginal content
  6. 6. Roundtable FindingsSome of the findings that emerged :• 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
  7. 7. The Research Behind the Program• Canada’s Aboriginal population is growing six times faster than the non- Aboriginal population• Almost half (48%) of Canada’s Aboriginal population is under the age of 25• Nova Scotia has approximately 4.2% of the national Aboriginal population (status and non-status First Nation peoples)• High school completion rates are lower with the Aboriginal high school dropout rate being 60% for students living on a reserve and 43% for those living off-reserve• 23% of Canada’s non-Aboriginal population received university degrees with less than seven per cent of Aboriginal Canadians graduating with a university degree
  8. 8. Why Business?Chief Terry Paul summarized the importance of recruitingyoung 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.”
  9. 9. 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• Using BlackBerry technology the network links 30 Aboriginal high school students from across Nova Scotia
  10. 10. Program Implementation• Funding from the Province of Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw Kina’matneway (MK), and the R Howard Webster Foundation• Presentations at 28 high schools across Nova Scotia• 217 applicants in total• Advisory council made up of Elders and educators was established• 7 Aboriginal business mentors
  11. 11. Business Network for Aboriginal Youth• The program has representation from 12 of the 13 First Nation communities in Nova Scotia as well as Métis and Inuit participants• Students divided into the following groups: the Marketers, the Managers, the Accountants, the Entrepreneurs, the Economists, and Tourism• Students given the opportunity to interact with students and mentors from other communities• Participants engaged in challenges via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)• Youth conferences held in First Nation communities across Nova Scotia
  12. 12. Results from Year One• 21 students completed all of the requirements and have graduated from year one of this pilot program• 6 of these students were in grade 12 and have graduated from high school• 4 of whom are now attending University• 2 of these 4 are studying business
  13. 13. Wela’lioq , Thank you