The 6th FNEE program for Indigenous and non-indigenous economic leaders was announced at the conclusion of the Regional Economic Circle in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on Thursday, September 21st. Starting in winter 2024, this 40-hour executive training program aims to accompany and support economic development projects, carried out in pairs, for the shared benefit of Indigenous communities and organizations.

This program is the fruit of close collaboration with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC), as explained by the commission’s General Manager, Mickel Robertson: “First Nations Executive Education (FNEE) is a good example of an economic reconciliation project that is currently proving its worth. With the ʻEconomic Leaders – Grand Circle’ program, we want to give a chance to Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to work together in tandem to concretize their own development project and to benefit from all the FNEE resources.”

FNEE, a unique training experience through a collaborative approach

FNEE, which differentiates itself by the co-creation and co-broadcasts of all of its programs, distributes its training modules in several formats. In HEC Montréal’s new Hélène Desmarais building located in downtown Montreal, in First Nations communities across Quebec and online. The Economic Leaders program will provide participants with executive-level training content, professional coaching and an environment for sharing and networking.

FNEE, an institution that fosters an active approach to economic reconciliation

“This new program for First Nations and non-Indigenous economic leaders meets the needs of this particular clientele. In announcing it as part of the regional Economic Circle, FNEE strengthens its position as an institution actively working with the movement to empower First Nations that has been underway in recent years,” emphasizes lawyer Ken Rock, the director general of the SDEUM and the director of entrepreneurial initiatives at FNEE.

FNEE, a partner of the Economic Regional Circle

Through its innovative position as a school “by and for” First Nations, FNEE contributes to the vitality of Indigenous economic development, in keeping with the values of sustainable development and rational management of the use of territorial resources, which are dear to First Nations. “An event like the Regional Economic Circle in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam plays a role in this rise and makes it possible to consolidate the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous economic leaders. FNEE is proud to contribute to this event, which has a socioeconomic impact.” concludes Manon Jeannotte, the director and co-initiator of FNEE.

To find out more about the “Economic Leaders – Grand Circle” program, follow the link below.