Aboriginal leaders Chief Terry Paul of Membertou, and Associate Vice President of Indigenous Relations at the University of Winnipeg Wab Kinew will join Dr. Keith G. Brown, Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies and Vice President of International and Aboriginal Affairs at Cape Breton University (CBU) to host an opening gala dinner at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Conference to be held in Halifax from July 14-16, 2014
With 250 First Nations Chiefs and executives in attendance at the conference themed Educate, Empower, Enlighten, CBU is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to Aboriginal education through open dialogue and sponsorship. The gala dinner will be held at Marriott Harbourfront on July 14 from 7-9 p.m. and both Chief Paul and Kinew will speak about the importance of business education for Aboriginal students across Canada.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to engage Canada’s First Nation Chiefs and councils about the importance of post-secondary education and the barriers that aboriginal students face,” says Dr. Brown. “CBU is fully committed to keeping Aboriginal education at the forefront and working toward success using entrepreneurship, business investment and corporate skills training to help create a model of self-reliance.”
Throughout the conference CBU will highlight the national expansion of the Purdy Crawford Chair’s business mentorship program for high school students. As part of the national expansion the former Business Network for Aboriginal Youth will be renamed In.Business, a Business Network for Indigenous Youth.
“In.Business is making an extremely positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal youth across Nova Scotia,” notes Dr. Brown. “It’s very exciting for CBU and The Crawford Chair to be able to offer this innovative and life-changing program across the entire country.”
CBU will also participate in Cultural Demonstrations in the Cunard Centre with information about CBU, the Purdy Crawford Chair and Unama’ki College on July 15 from 12-5 p.m. On the same day, Stephen Augustine, Dean of Unama’ki College and Aboriginal Learning will host the Grand Council of Mi’kmaki.
Dean of CBU’s Shannon School of Business, Dr. David Rae adds, “There are countless opportunities in business out there for Aboriginal youth if we ensure that they are empowered with the proper tools to succeed. The Shannon School of Business is thrilled to play a role in educating the fastest-growing demographic of workers for tomorrow, and with such strong leadership like Chief Paul, on the Shannon Advisory Board, we know that we can ensure success.”
AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations citizens of Canada.