The following article was published in the Globe and Mail on November 5, 2013.
It has taken a few detours, but Sheryl Fisher’s 20-year-long dream to earn a master-level business degree is coming true.
A member of Squamish First Nation in British Columbia, the 44-year-old has worked since leaving high school and earned several college certificates, but none offered a path to a university degree.
That route opened last year when she was accepted into the first class of a new executive MBA in aboriginal business and leadership, unique in Canada for conferring a degree, at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
With Canada’s aboriginal population the fastest-growing segment of society – and with treaty rights, land claims and native cultural issues inextricably linked to Canada’s future resource development – some business schools are beginning to pursue new initiatives on recruitment, curriculum and specialty programs.
“The game has changed and we are dealing with an unbelievable opportunity,” says Mark Selman, a Beedie professor who has worked closely with First Nations communities and is the driving force behind his school’s EMBA. “We will not succeed if the legitimate concerns of First Nations are not dealt with.” Keep reading…
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