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Frank Parnell of the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation and Brent Mainprize of Gustavson in front of First Peoples House at UVic

Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic development

Frank Parnell of the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) and Brent Mainprize of UVic’s Gustavson School of Business partner on the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) program, which provides culturally sensitive and community-tailored business education in Indigenous communities across British Columbia. Since its inaugural class in 2013, more than 275 graduates from 26 Indigenous communities across BC have taken the ACE program, 72 business ventures have been launched and many more are in the planning stages.

painting: eagle and bear fighting over salmon

National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED)

The NCIED focuses on independent and collaborative research, building capacity for economic development in Indigenous nations and their communities, and serving as a convenor of partnerships to sustain research and action. In collaboration with leaders from Indigenous governments, other governments and business, the NCIED’s goal is to advance Indigenous economic innovation and economic health throughout Canada, on a foundation of strong Indigenous government within a framework that reflects traditional knowledge and respect for Indigenous peoples and their cultures. (artwork: Richard Shorty)

John Borrows and Val Napoleon, founders of UVic's new Indigenous law degree

Indigenous law program

Founded by two of Canada’s foremost Indigenous legal experts, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, UVic’s Indigenous law degree is the first of its kind in the world. Graduates of the program will be well-positioned for leadership positions in Indigenous governance, federal and provincial government agencies, law firms that work with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous lands, and business enterprises.