Students of the Business Fundamentals for Aboriginal Communities Certificate program at their convocation after completing their principles of management courses successfully

Business Fundamentals for Indigenous Communities


  • Credential 
    Certificate

Do you dream of starting your own business, or providing leadership in Indigenous community development? VIU’s Business Fundamentals for Aboriginal Communities certificate program provides a great introduction to business, from principles of management to marketing and economics, with a focus on Aboriginal businesses.

This business fundamentals certificate can be used to progress towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree or other academic credentials. If being your own boss, working for an economic development corporation, or promoting economic development in your community appeals to you, this program is for you.

The Business Fundamentals for Indigenous Communities Program

The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to obtain the fundamental accounting, economic, marketing and managerial skills that are the foundation needed to support strong business and community leaders. This cohort-based program will appeal to Indigenous individuals who want to work with First Nations' Communities in business, social and economic development. Non-Indigenous individuals who work closely with First Nations' communities will also be considered. These transferable courses can be used to progress towards a Bachelor of Business Administration or other academic credentials.

The program will be taught on a modular basis and support will be provided to students by Elders and peer tutors.

Year 1

Credits

Fall Semester

 

ILRP 100 - (Indigenous Learning and Recognition Portfolio)

3

MGMT 192 - (Principles of Management)

3

ENGL 117 - (University Writing & Research: Indigenous Focus)

3

MARK 160 - (Introduction to Marketing)

3

MATH 111 - (Introduction to Finite Math)

3

Spring Semester

 

ECON 100 - (Intro to Economics)

3

ACCT 100 - (Financial Accounting I)

3

MGMT 161 - (Indigenous Leadership)

3

MGMT 181 - (Indigenous Entrepreneurship)

3

PHIL 236 - (Indigenous Values in Business)

3

Total Credits

30

Note: Subject to course pre‐requisite requirements, the order of the courses may vary depending on community needs. Some of the courses may be delivered in a more condensed format with others in a traditional semester‐long format.  

Completion Requirements

Grades for individual courses are awarded as described in the Grading Scale section of this Calendar.

GPA requirements:
Students will require a minimum grade point average a "C" (2.0) for the required courses in order to be awarded the certificate.

Updated 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • General admission requirements apply including a minimum “C+” grade in one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-calculus 11, Applications of Mathematics 12, or Foundations of Mathematics 12; or a pass in Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12; or equivalent.

Notes on Admission

  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Students will earn a Business Fundamentals for Aboriginal Communities Certificate. This can be a stand-alone credential or laddered towards further credentials such as a Bachelor of Business Administration.

This program will prepare students to do the following:

  • Work in local economic development corporations
  • Develop new entrepreneurial ventures and business opportunities within and for the community
  • Gain employment in existing business operations
  • Work in local government administration
  • Promote entrepreneurial activity in the community
  • Liaise with business, community, and government representatives concerning business and economic development opportunities in the community

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (24 credits x $224.00 per credit)

5,376.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

215.04

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Total

6,033.24

Notes

Textbook costs will range from $500 - $800.

There may be additional travel and accommodation fees for field trips. Students will require access to computers, printers, and the Internet.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

The program starts in September. Applications are accepted between the first business day in October, and March 31.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Testing Required
No
Coordinator Contact

Name: Maureen Thomas
Phone: 250-667-5333
Email: Maureen.Thomas@viu.ca

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