A special day including the presentation of the participants’ personal projects as well as a graduation ceremony was held at HEC Montréal on May 6, attended by the FNEE heads and a number of dignitaries.
All in all, 17 Indigenous leaders had enrolled in this 5-month training program, starting last December.
The program, “Becoming an Agile and Innovative Leader”, is intended specifically for chiefs and grand chiefs, as well as for board chairs. The program will be given again in the coming months.
Several similar training programs dealing with other aspects of leadership are also in the works. They will appeal to other professional profiles, e.g. councillors, chiefs, board members, entrepreneurs and managers.
All FNEE programs are designed and given jointly by a training team made up equally of First Nations trainers and HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal faculty. The involvement of First Nations elders in the different training modules is another example of the unique FNEE approach and how it is built around Indigenous values.