Indigenous Career Programs @ UBC


The Learning Circle presents a special “Career Edition” featuring two Indigenous-focused career education programs at the University of British Columbia. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about these unique programs, get tips for applying, learn about funding opportunities, and ask questions of the program administrators.

Ch’nook is a unique initiative founded by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2002. It was established to build the skills and capacities required to enable Aboriginal communities and their leaders to become equal partners in regional economic development near or on their traditional territories.  This presentation will focus on providing an overview of the program’s activities in the province of British Columbia. Its success is built on three pillars of engagement that ensure maximum benefits for Aboriginal participants: Aboriginal Management Certificate Program, Ch’nook Scholars and Ch’nook Cousins.

ahcapLaunched in 2004, the UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health and Community Administration is designed to support Aboriginal communities in increasing their capacity to deliver services, coordinate programs and promote the health of their peoples. The program expands its focus beyond health delivery to include environmental and other community health concerns.  January 2014 will be the eighth year for this program that has won awards for its innovative blended learning format of both face-to-face in-person and online learning.  AHCAP is oriented towards Aboriginal health managers, directors, and others involved in health leadership in communities and for those who would like to transition to those leadership roles. Education Coordinator Kerrie Charnley will provide an overview of the program and its objectives.

All are welcome to attend and participate in this FREE live videoconference and computer webinar session.

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Participate live via videoconference OR computer webinar. Want to know the difference between videoconference and computer webinar? Click here to find out.

Registration: Click here to register. Pre-registration is required to attend this free live event.

Session Learning Outcomes

  • Explore two unique career education programs at UBC
  • Identify career opportunities that Indigenous-focused education can lead to
  • Assess the suitability of these programs for your career goals
  • Identify possible sources of education funding
  • Interact with program administrators and have your questions answered

About the Presenters

Rick ColbourneDr. Rick Colbourne is a member of the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation in northern Ontario and the Assistant Dean for Indigenous Business Education and Director, Ch’nook at the Sauder School of Business in the University of British Columbia (UBC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School in the United Kingdom. Rick has a demonstrated record of leadership, success and international experience in education. As Assistant Dean, Indigenous Business Education at the Sauder School of Business, Rick focuses on building business and management capacity within Aboriginal communities to facilitate full participation and engagement in sustainable regional economic development opportunities. Rick leads Sauder’s efforts to engage, consult, collaborate and partner with Aboriginal communities, organizations, post-secondary institutions and corporations in Canada.


Kerrie Charnley photo 201Kerrie Charnley works as the education coordinator at the Institute for Aboriginal Health at the University of British Columbia where she has been running the Summer Science Program for Aboriginal Youth and the Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program for the last five years.  She is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of British Columbia where she teaches fourth year courses in inter-professional health and human services on the historical and contemporary issues of First Nations Health in Canada and Cultural Competency in Approaching Traditional Healing Modalities in Aboriginal Health.  Kerrie is in her third year of doctoral studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education in the area of Language and Literacy Education. Her research focus is on indigenous research methodologies and Coast Salish pedagogy connected to land/place and transforming ideas of education, learning and teaching beyond the classroom.  Kerrie has worked in an administrative capacity for Vancouver and UBC Hospitals in the area of diversity and human rights education and complaints resolution processes for staff, and also for Aboriginal organizations both locally and nationally.  She has worked as a paralegal for the legal counsel of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and as a journalist for indigenous media and communications (including Kahtou Newpaper, CFRO 102.7 fm native radio programming).  Kerrie has taught face-to-face and on-line writing-intensive English literature courses at Simon Fraser University’s English Department and for the Centre for Online and Distance Education.  She has also taught First Nations Literature courses at the Institute for Indigenous Governance.  Two of her published essays and several of her articles have been required reading in First Nations and Womens’ Studies courses at UBC, Langara and UVic and have been cited in a number of scholarly texts in the fields of anthropology, history, education and women’s studies. Her family hails from Katzie First Nation, 30 miles east of Vancouver in Coast Salish territory.  She is a mother and has a master of arts degree in english focussing on critical theory, indigenous research and educational methodologies and the connection between identity, health and voice.  Kerrie studies and practices as much as possible Coast Salish spiritual teachings as well as the Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Than.  Two years ago Kerrie became certified as a registered yoga teacher.


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