BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
Indigenous Foundations to Business
If you’re looking for an introductory program to see if the business world is for you or are already employed and want to further your education, SIIT’s Indigenous Foundations to Business Program will get you started!
The Indigenous Foundations to Business (IFB) Program will provide a general overview of Business Communications, Customer Service, Technologies in the Workplace, and an Introduction to Human Resources. It is a 6-week online program with an option to transfer credits into our Business or Mental Health and Wellness Programs, which is available at our campuses in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, and in select community locations.
Completing this program will allow you to further your career as a business professional with a wide range of employment opportunities.
The Indigenous Foundations to Business Program provides students with an opportunity to participate and engage in various online classroom activities. These activities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Land-based learning within your home community
- Working with your community Elders, or SIIT resident Elders
- Roleplay and scenario-based work
- Community-based networking
- One of the following: Grade 12, Adult 12 or, GED
- 21-years-of-age or older
- Academic assessment
Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- MHTW 115–Technologies in The Workplace
- IFBC 100–Introduction to Business Communications
- IFBW 100–Written Communications
- CXMT 215–Customer Service and Relations
- IFBH 100–Introduction to Human Resources
This program is available for purchase by communities. Please contact Barb Sankey- Dean, Post-Secondary Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on brokerage or seat purchase.
What to Expect
Day to Day
- Six-week program, which is broken down into five courses.
- Primarily in-class/online instruction, Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
To graduate, students must complete all courses and have a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 60%. Graduates will receive the Indigenous Foundations to Business Certificate of Achievement.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Depending on your desired career path, and previous experience, there is a broad range of employment opportunities after completing the Indigenous Foundations to Business Applied Certificate program, such as Customer Service, Administrative Assistant, and many other entry level positions. You may also be interested in further education through SIIT’s Mental Health and Wellness or Business Administration programs.
For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.
Additional Post-Secondary Opportunities & Credit Transfer
To explore further education at SIIT, click here. You can also explore four year degree options at universities, including partnering institutions that offer direct entry (such as: University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business, University of Lethbridge, University of Regina, or the First Nations University of Canada).
If you have a specific program or career path in mind, it is a good idea to check the prerequisites required. Our Academic Advisors can help you plan for further education.