MAEI Aboriginal entrepreneurship program expands in SK

October 23, 2013

The Saskatchewan School Board Association has announced the launch of the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP) at 17 schools across the province, including 3 on-reserve schools. AYEP was created by former Prime Minister Paul Martin's Aboriginal Education Initiative, and has been introduced to schools across the country, but SK is the first province to coordinate a broad implementation. SSBA President Janet Foord said the association wants to take the program to 28 school divisions across the province, although the province has not yet committed to any extensive plans. AYEP teaches entrepreneurship to high school students using innovative, hands-on learning techniques alongside Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and traditions. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will provide $238,000 per year for 3 years and PotashCorp will give $150,000 per year for 3 years. News Talk 650 Radio | Saskatoon StarPhoenix | Global