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FNEE Launches its New Program “Economic Leaders – Grand Circle”

Press Release

13 February 2024

In a significant announcement last September, First Nation Executive Education unveiled its latest initiative, the “Economic Leaders – Grand Circle” program, within the framework of the Regional Economic Circle in Uashat. This program is tailored for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous economic leaders. Following several months of meticulous planning, project development, assembling the team, and participant recruitment, HEC Montréal is gearing up to welcome the inaugural cohort on Monday, February 19, consisting of 9 pairs and 18 participants.

A Catalyst for Opportunities

Crafted in collaboration with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC), this training program aligns seamlessly with FNEE’s commitment to developing the skills of Indigenous leaders and supporting their projects.

Mickel Robertson, a member of the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Innu community, the general manager of FNQLEDC, and the co-pedagogical director of the program, articulates his vision:

“We want to give Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants the opportunity to realize their own development project in pairs and benefit from all the resources of FNEE.”

A Training Program Centered on Reconciliation through Proactive Engagement

FNEE has meticulously designed this program with a focus on fostering collaboration in pairs, emphasizing projects with economic and/or social impact. The team has noted an inspiring level of enthusiasm and diversity in the submitted proposals. Carefully curated initiatives reflect a wide spectrum, ranging from the creation of a bilingual Wendat/French coloring book to facilitate cultural understanding, to the implementation of one or more plants for producing torrefied pellets from forest biomass, and the establishment of a health and wellness spa center in Nutashkuan, to name some but a few.

A Reconciliation Project with Transformative Impact

This approximately 40-hour training program, spanning over 6 months, strikes a harmonious balance between theoretical content, community field visits, and thematic workshops covering project management, negotiation skills, and more. Participants will have the invaluable opportunity to share their experiences, confront challenges, and understand different perspectives, all while learning from seasoned speakers and experts in their respective fields. Marc Du Sault, a member of the Huron-Wendat nation and co-pedagogical director of the program, will bring his wealth of experience in strategic management and project development to the table through personalized coaching sessions.

Keen to join?

If you are a passionate leader, regardless of Indigenous or non-Indigenous background, with a desire to play a pivotal role in economic reconciliation, FNEE warmly invites you to submit your application now. For more information on registration, session dates, and featured speakers, please visit:

PROGRAM PAGE “ECONOMIC LEADERS – GRAND CIRCLE”

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