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A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth

In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth is the high school business mentorship program facilitated by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business studies at Cape Breton University.  In.Business teams Aboriginal high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 with Aboriginal business mentors, who are educated, working professionals with a background in business.  During the course of the school year, students work on bi-weekly business challenges facilitated by their mentors using smartphone technology (either a smartphone or tablet, provided to them by CBU). The primary goal of these challenges, and this program, was to help the students explore various facets of business so that they can make informed decisions about their future educational plans, which will hopefully include business.

Due in large part to the success of the Nova Scotia pilot (Business Network for Aboriginal Youth, 2011-2014) and the $5 million in Federal matching funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), as well as other private donors, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies has expanded its operations nationally using the Nova Scotia pilot as a model. The goal is to provide Aboriginal students from coast to coast to coast with the opportunity to participate in our Aboriginal business mentorship program regardless of where they live in Canada. The national program is named In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth. The country has been divided into five regions with students and mentors in each. The regions are Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Pacific and Northern. Also as part of the national expansion, Cape Breton University has partnered with four post-secondary institutions across Canada. A regional manager, working for Cape Breton University’s In.Business program, works in each of the four partnership locations. The regional partners are:

Atlantic Region – Cape Breton Univerity

  • Includes students and mentors from: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Price Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador

Eastern Region – In Partnership with Nipissing University

  • Includes students and mentors from: Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut

Central Region – In Partnership with University of Winnipeg

  • Includes students and mentors from: Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Pacific Region – In Partnership with Vancouver Island University

  • Includes students and mentors from: Alberta and British Columbia

Northern Region – In Partnership with Yukon College

  • Includes students and mentors from: Yukon and Northwest TerritoriesIn.Business 5 Logo Banner

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