SYDNEY – The Harper Government has made a significant contribution to Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, a  research chair supported  by the five Unama’ki communities on Cape Breton Island. The announcement was made by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie) and the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development..

“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Raitt. “Promoting Aboriginal business education contributes to the economic growth of Aboriginal communities and makes a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. The establishment of this research chair will result in enhanced analytical and research capacity, as well as promote the recruitment of Aboriginal students to post-secondary studies in business.”

The Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies will promote interest among Canada’s Aboriginal people in the study of business at the post-secondary level, while undertaking pure and applied research specific to Aboriginal business. Aboriginal community leaders speak to the need for entrepreneurship, business investment and corporate skills training to create a model of self-reliance.

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