First Nations Youth Entrepreneur Camp The 4th annual First Nations Youth Entrepreneur Camp will take place from August 11-17 at the First Nations University (FNU) in Regina, Saskatchewan. Camp coordinator Jennifer Dubois told us, “The camp is open to any Aboriginal students currently in grades 11 or 12. The camp started in 2009 and has continually grown each year and the 2012 camp has space for 20 youth participants.” Students at the camp learn about marketing, business planning, financing, how to be self-employed and other useful life skills. “This started off as a Saskatchewan only camp but this year we have students coming from Labrador and other places so it is expanding to become a national event,” explained Jennifer. She added, “Several students have progressed from the camp to taking business degrees at FNU and one or two have even started their own businesses.” The camp begins on Saturday, August
11 with a welcome and orientation to the campus and continues until Friday, August 17. The students will stay on campus and have numerous presentations from successful local entrepreneurs. For students who are selected, the opportunity to attend the camp is completely free, with funding provided by AANDC, Farm Credit Canada, Information Services Corporation, Springboard West and RBC.
Jennifer also hopes to attract a few more sponsors from previous years such as Sask Energy, First Nations & Metis Relations, Complete Martial Arts and Fitness and the Saskatchewan Metis Economic Development Corporation. The main contact for the event is Jennifer Dubois who can be reached at jdubois@ firstnationsuniversity.ca or by phone at (306) 790-5950 extension 3154.
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