Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Aboriginal Options

Both TRU and the School of Business and Economics are committed to expanding educational opportunities for aboriginal students through unique programs relating to First Nations governance; improved laddering opportunities; and enhanced student support.

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New options for Aboriginals seeking business degrees

Aboriginal students have new pathways towards earning TRU business degrees with an agreement between the university and AFOA Canada — an association of Aboriginal professionals in finance, management and leadership.


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First Nation Applied Economics Certificate

The First Nation Applied Economics Certificate provides the knowledge and skills to assist in the development of First Nations economic infrastructure, in particular the development of residential and commercial enterprises.
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First Nation Taxation Administration Certificate

The First Nation Tax Administration Certificate provides the knowledge and skills needed to design and operate a taxation system similar to other governments using the powers outlined in the First Nation Fiscal Management Act. It examines how First Nation government tax policies can be used to promote economic development and finance and build infrastructure.
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Bachelor of Public Administration

TRU offers a Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) in association with the University of Victoria's School of Public Administration that is delivered online through TRU's Open Learning Division.
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Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager Designation

The Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation offered by AFOA Canada is the preferred credential for Aboriginal financial managers. TRU has entered into an agreement with AFOA to provide nine of the 14 courses in the CAFM program either online or on-campus. These courses plus the mandatory five online courses delivered by AFOA Canada can transfer into TRU's Bachelor of Business Administration (on-campus), Bachelor of Commerce (online) or Bachelor of Public Administration (online). Graduates who complete 10 required accounting courses as part of their degree can ladder directly into the Chartered Professional Accountant's (CPA) Professional Education program.
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Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrators Designation

The Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrators Designation (CAPA) is a new credential offered by AFOA Canada that prepares managers to take leadership roles in Aboriginal communities and organizations. TRU has entered into an agreement with AFOA Canada to allow CAPA graduates to transfer into TRU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (on-campus), Bachelor of Commerce (online) or Bachelor of Public Administration (online).
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Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)

NVIT is BC's Aboriginal public post-secondary institute offering programs that meet the needs of Aboriginal communities while focusing on their traditional ways and fostering student success. At its campuses in Merritt and Burnaby, NVIT offers a Business Administration Certificate and a Diploma which students can use to ladder into TRU's Bachelor of Business Administration (on-campus), Bachelor of Commerce (online), or Bachelor of Public Administration (online). The TRU-NVIT Course Equivalency Chart indicates the transfer credit students will receive.

Ch'nook Scholars Program

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The Ch’nook Scholars program works with aboriginal students engaged in full-time business education. This work is focused on two themes. ACHIEVEMENT by each scholar in developing the skills needed for career success, and CONTRIBUTION by all scholars to the broader community. The scholars program offers a set of activities to help students in each of these areas.

Ch’nook recognizes aboriginal business students studying in institutions across British Columbia who demonstrate personal and professional achievements and have made contributions to their university, college or community as Ch’nook Scholars. In addition to a $2,000 scholarship, each scholar receives expenses-paid attendance to two provincial gatherings, business cards, professional head-shot, and many opportunities to meet industry professionals and network with other scholars. Scholars must be full-time students and agree to uphold the Ch’nook philosophy of Achieve and Contribute.

For more information contact the Ch’nook Scholars program representative on-campus or an academic advisor.

Ch'nook Scholars Program
Dr. Hafiz Rahman
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
School of Business and Economics
Phone: 250-371-5755
Email: hrahman@tru.ca

School of Business and Economics Student Services
Email: SoBEdadvisor@tru.ca
Phone: 250-852-7635
Office: Trades and Technology 155