This last week, I Conducted and transcribed my last interview for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business, which is my 5th to date. I’ve become more knowledgeable in terms of what to expect during an interview, the process and conduct.
In other words, this last interview should be perfect! It’s interesting learning about Aboriginal business partnerships, learning about the process from different perspectives of different roles and responsibilities. Knowing that without all this team work, open communication, identifying strengths and weakness and employing a solution that works for the Unamaki communities to successfully train and attain meaningful employment opportunities for their people.
The number of Aboriginal university business students that have been identified by the Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada is 830, compared to the 742 students that I found from university staff is similar. The difference of 76-students and accounted students from universities that didn’t have the stats because they don’t record it on their registration forms. The number collected this summer will be used in the future as a tool to determine is there is an increase or decrease in Aboriginal university business students.
Since, I’ve now completed the summer internship with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business, I could confidently encourage and promote business programs to youth who are thinking about what they want to study at post secondary level, or high school courses they have to take in order to qualify for business programs. Also, I’ve become increasingly aware of the status and importance of economic development in First Nation communities across turtle-island. Not only on reserve, but encouraging people to get training and support to enter the workforce outside the First Nations, since our population is the fast growing youth demographic in Canada. Indicating that with the right tools, partnerships and support in place, opportunity and success are very attainable for First Nations across Turtle Island.
I’m thankful to my supervisors, for the opportunity to work with this project for the summer. I’ve learned a lot about qualitative and quantitative research methods, the importance of leadership in First Nation communities, and the role of economic development and training in our communities.