A New School For And By First Nations
25 November 2021
Une nouvelle école pour et par les Premières Nations
November 25, 2021

A new school for First Nations leaders is being launched today as the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec gets underway. Initiated by First Nations, this new school is propelled by Executive Education HEC Montréal and will welcome its first cohort starting December 9, 2021.

A school for and by First Nations

First Nations Executive Education (FNEE) is an innovative, one-of-a-kind initiative led by Manon Jeannotte (Mi’gma) and Ken Rock (Innu), both graduates of the McGill–HEC Montréal Executive MBA program.

“Our vision is to give every leader the tools they need to be a force for positive change and success within their communities, elements that are critical to First Nations’ self-determination and improved socio-economic conditions. To achieve this, FNEE will offer university-level short programs for First Nations elected officials, administrators, managers and entrepreneurs in communities, online and in Montreal,” said project co-initiator Ken Rock.

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Propelled by Executive Education HEC Montréal

“To bring this extraordinary project to life, we teamed up with HEC Montréal, world-renowned for their management education programs and research. They were open to sharing their expertise and collaborating with us, and they have proven to be a first-rate ally. We have jointly developed a school for First Nations that exemplifies our values and leadership and that will help pave the way to a prosperous future,” said project co-initiator Manon Jeannotte.

Serge Lafrance, Director, Executive Education HEC Montréal, stated: “This partnership in First Nations’ prosperity is a natural one, given our mission to train management leaders so they can make a responsible contribution to the success of organizations and sustainable social development.” It is from this perspective that HEC Montréal will serve as an incubator for FNEE, which will eventually become an independent school.

“I welcome this co-development concept between HEC Montréal and First Nations, which hearkens back to the alliances that characterized our first contacts and that are in keeping with an outlook for a brighter future for us all. The creation of First Nations Executive Education not only addresses a need for upskilling our leaders, but it is also an initiative that will undoubtedly have positive repercussions on all of our communities,” concluded Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.