On November 16 and 17, the FNEE celebrated its second anniversary in the presence of more than 250 indigenous and non-indigenous guests from the worlds of academia, business and politics. The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of some 100 university attestations and certifications. The large amphitheatre at HEC Montréal rang with Innu music from a unifying performance by artist Shauit, winner of the Félix 2023 award for the Indigenous Languages Album of the Year.

Participants from the 6 cohorts reunited after receiving their certificates and attestations

Participants from the 6 cohorts reunited after receiving their certificates and attestations

Participants from all corners of Quebec and other Canadian provinces

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The results have been very positive, exceeding the expectations of the project’s co-initiators, Manon Jeannotte and Ken Rock. Since its creation in 2021, the school has trained 448 people, including 341 First Nations members, through 5 regular programs. These training programs, built on the values of mutual aid, sharing and collaboration, are delivered by 46 First Nations facilitators, in collaboration with 39 HEC Montréal facilitators, under the guidance of 8 elders. To complement this offer, the FNEE offers programs tailored to the needs of First Nations organizations and communities. We also offer awareness-raising sessions through the ” Keys to developping relations in indigenous context », aimed at an audience of non-indigenous decision-makers.

A 6th program based on economic reconciliation to be launched this winter

Encouraging economic reconciliation is at the heart of the FNEE’s sixth program, announced last September at the First Nations Regional Economic Circle and Quebec, in Uashat. Developed in partnership with the First Nations of Quebec Economic Development Commission, the program aims to promote the creation of large-scale economic projects by Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners. The first cohort will start in winter. 2024.

Testimonials from participants

Beyond the numbers, the FNEE’s impact can be measured by the many testimonials from participants, highlighting the radical changes that occurred after their training, on both a personal and professional level. Providing tools, instilling confidence and offering quality time for exchange are among the daily missions of the FNEE, which works every day for this unique model: a school by and for First Nations.