Aboriginal Business Studies Major
The Aboriginal Business Studies Major offers all Asper School of Business students an opportunity to complement their major with courses or with a second major that many corporate and Aboriginal employers value.

In the Aboriginal Business Studies Major, business students develop an understanding of the multicultural context of conducting business successfully in Canada and in Manitoba. The focus is on developing management skills that inform students about economic development in partnership with Aboriginal peoples. Courses feature Aboriginal peoples, culture, organizations, and economy, and will be drawn from the offerings in Native Studies, the Faculty of Arts, and the Asper School of Business.

With millions of dollars flowing from treaty land entitlements, as well as on-going business development, opportunities exist for knowledgeable business partners, colleagues, and employers who understand issues arising in an Aboriginal context. Developing management skills among Aboriginal peoples is a prerequisite for self-government. The ability of Aboriginal society to deal with grinding poverty in their communities will require development of economic bases and skilled leaders as communities build strong economic foundations.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The Aboriginal Business Studies major is the only major of its kind in Canada. In addition, there are numerous opportunities outside the classroom for students to further develop their interest in Aboriginal business issues through the Aboriginal Business Education Partners program in Asper. Each year, the Asper School of Business honours one or more Aboriginal business leaders at the Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award dinner, giving students even further opportunity to connect with the Aboriginal business community.

Interesting Courses


  • Exploring Aboriginal Perspectives
  • Environment, Economy and Aboriginal Peoples
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Small Business Finance
  • Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • New Venture Analysis
  • Aboriginal Spirituality
  • Aboriginal Business Leadership
  • Aboriginal Organizations

Professional Opportunities

Students who obtain an Aboriginal Business Studies major to complement any one of the other majors (i.e. Finance, Accounting, Human Resources) will have a competitive advantage when they seek employment at an organization that works with Aboriginal communities (such as RBC, Great West Life, Manitoba Hydro, etc.). As the Aboriginal population continues to grow in Manitoba, this competitive advantage will set you apart from other candidates. This major is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.