Indigenous Business and Finance Essentials

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Program Description

Indigenous Business and Finance Essentials consists of all 5 courses required for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA) Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) certification and have been designed for those working in Indigenous communities or organizations.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
  Expected Availability
  Credits Fall Winter Summer
Indigenous Business LawLAWS-1082 3 No No No
This course covers the concepts of Indigenous business law and how these concepts are influenced by various legislative acts and common law. It offers senior and aspiring senior professional Indigenous chief financial officers and administrators the opportunity to learn about legal and legislative requirements and practices that occur in activities undertaken by Indigenous organizations and communities. Currently, Indigenous organizations are assuming more self-government responsibilities and pursuing new opportunities. With increased responsibility comes the need for increased understanding of law and its impact on activities. An increased level of understanding will reduce risk and improve decision making. This course provides information on the legal framework for government and First Nations/Métis/Inuit relations, as well as a broad spectrum of legal issues and legislation that are applicable to organizations. Chief financial officers and senior administrators are expected to have a good understanding of legal matters and reduce potential liability for their organizations.
Strategy & DecisionsBUSI-1195 3 No No No
This course focuses on your role as a financial manager and your ability to make sound and informed decisions as your Indigenous organization seeks to attain high performance. The key processes in attaining high performance are: strategic management; performance management; and effective decision making. These processes are thoroughly discussed in this course, and you will be invited to apply them to your organization. This course also provides information on how to enhance decision making, planning, performance management, accountability, and policy development. The financial manager is expected to plan a leadership role in improving these areas.
Exploring Indigenous Ways of KnowingINDG-3003 3 No No
Students engage directly with the traditional Indigenous knowledge of Southwestern Ontario through the words of local Elders and community-recognized knowledgeable community members. Through exposure to traditional knowledge through first-hand experience, which continue to guide Indigenous people both locally and globally, a sense of community and respect for culture and identity will be fostered. Originating through local community members input, this course provides students with an introduction to customary Indigenous knowledge which is the foundation for First Nations Studies. Please note that this course incorporates mandatory experiential learning activities. Students will be required to participate in activities that occur outside of the regularly scheduled lecture hours and/or on weekends. This applies to in-class sections of this course only.
Indigenous Ethics Case StudyBUSI-1197 3 No No No
Indigenous Ethics Case Study is a course that focuses on the indigenous teachings on respect and honesty and their application to business ethics and communication. In this course, you will learn that treatment of people through ethics and communication are central to the credibility of those who analyze financial information for employers, clients and other financial users. The course has a three-hour case study upon completion.
Indigenous Human & Fiscal IssuesBUSI-1196 3 No No
This course examines some of the human resource and financial issues a financial officer may face when working in an Indigenous context. It offers participants the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge needed to fulfill one of the roles of a financial officer: that of a human resource manager. The skills and knowledge gained will enable the financial officer to ensure that their organizational hires, trains, and retains desired personnel. Through this course, participants will also gain the skills and knowledge that will enable them to better identify, review and address some of the fiscal challenges of an Indigenous Financial Officer. The framework for the course discussions is current initiatives - both at the national and professional level - addressing issues related to the present relationship between Indigenous governments and the Canadian state, with particular attention given to issues related to accountability.
Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 4 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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