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September 14, 2009: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Simon Fraser University
In response to the growing economic development opportunities becoming available to Aboriginal people in British Columbia, Reawakening Our Entrepreneurial Spirit Aboriginal Self Employment Program has been initiated to support the dreams of many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who wish to be included in Canada’s prosperity through small business development.Reawakening our Entrepreneurial Spirit Aboriginal Self Employment Program is an intense 48-week program comprising 12 weeks of full-time in-class instruction (9am – 3pm Monday to Friday), followed by 36 weeks of professional support and coaching while starting the business. Innovative and culturally appropriate, the Program will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus starting on September 14th 2009.
“Small business development will have a profound effect on Aboriginal lives, families and communities who have previously not had the opportunity to develop resources on and off-reserve,” said Michelle Morning Star Doherty, President of Turtle Island Indigenous Education Corporation. “We have been involved in commerce and trade since time began. Through ‘grabbing the instruments of the white man’s successes, his skills, his education,’ to quote the late Chief Dan George, we will positively impact all sectors of Canadian society.
“We encourage your Nation, Band and membership to participate in the Winter Session 2010 (starting January 11th) or the Spring Session 2010 (starting April 5th) of Reawakening Our Entrepreneurial Spirit Aboriginal Self Employment Program.”
Students have full access to SFU’s resources and will be provided with a wireless laptop to use in class and at home while they are developing their business plans.
Reawakening our Entrepreneurial Spirit Aboriginal Self Employment Program is an initiative of Turtle Island Indigenous Education Corporation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Simon Fraser University, and is proudly supported by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO).
Further details contact:
Michelle Morning Star Doherty
Telephone: 778 988 5401
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