BLOOD RESERVE - Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was at the Kainai High School today to help
launch an Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
It's a partnership
with the Martin Aboriginal Educational Initiative and Scotiabank to encourage
Grade 11 and 12 students to stay in school and go on to post secondary
In the program, teachers use innovative, hands-on learning techniques to help
aboriginal students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in
school, business, and life, while respecting their cultural heritage.
Martin says "the purpose of this course is to teach these students about how
to be entrepreneurs, how to be business people, how to basically do marketing,
do accounting, how basically to design an idea and then get out and sell it, how
to take the initiative."
He adds more importantly it provides young First Nation students with an equal
opportunity to succeed.