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Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate

The Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC) is a two-year direct-entry program for self-identified Aboriginal students. ABAC is designed to provide programming for those Aboriginal students who do not meet the admission criteria for direct admission or transfer admission to the undergraduate program and for those Aboriginal students who wish to obtain a certificate in business but who do not want to study in a four-year degree program.

Upon successful completion, students may choose to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce degree program during the regular application period. Students in good standing who have met ABAC program standards will be automatically admitted to the B.Comm degree program.


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Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC)

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Sample Classes

  • COMM 204: Introduction to Marketing
    Introduction to the marketing concept in business. Business activities are analyzed from the point of view of recognition, stimulation and satisfaction of consumer demand.
  • COMM 306: Ethics and Strategic Decision Making
    Decision making in contemporary organizations is simultaneously impacted by complex internal and external forces - in both the private and public sectors - across the local, provincial, national and increasingly international levels. This course introduces students to strategic management and ethical frameworks that will assist them in understanding the impact these forces have upon organizational decision making.
  • COMM 347: Aboriginal Business in Canada
    The Saskatchewan and Canadian business landscape is changing. Aboriginal Entrepreneurs and Businesses are making bigger impacts in the business community and this trend will continue. This course is intended to provide knowledge about the unique environment in which aboriginal owned businesses operate. This unique environment creates some interesting opportunities and even more unexpected challenges. The impact of treaties, the Indian Act, Land Claim Settlements and other issues are all discussed in the context of their impact on economic development for aboriginal peoples. This course also examines the best practices related to the legal structures, governance models and management systems of aboriginal businesses by studying successful aboriginal businesses and communities. These case studies focus on Western Canada and specifically Saskatchewan. 

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  • The program allows Aboriginal students to study business education at the Edwards School of Business while concurrently mastering gaps in their high school preparation.
  • The program incorporates significant student success activities designed to assist students with their transition to studying business in a Canadian University setting. Students who successfully complete all the requirements of the ABAC program will earn an Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate of Proficiency from the Edwards School of Business.
  • Upon successful completion, students may choose to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce degree program. Students in good standing who have met ABAC program standards will be automatically admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce degree program.
  • The ABAC Program may be used as a bridging program for those Aboriginal students who already possess an undergraduate degree, but are not fully academically qualified for graduate admission but who wish to pursue an MBA at the Edwards School of Business.

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