snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College welcomes second cohort of AFOA students

snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College is proud to welcome a second cohort of students to begin working towards AFOA Canada’s Indigenous Financial Management Certificate, a collaboration with AFOA Canada, and AFOA British Columbia (AFOA BC). This year's cohort will be on campus the week of November 14 for a kick-off event and to begin their coursework.

Following the success of last year’s pilot program, this unique partnership will see a second cohort of students from Indigenous communities or working in Indigenous government study fully accredited post-secondary accounting courses in combination with AFOA Canada’s Indigenous content courses.

The goal of the partnership is to recruit student cohorts from Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia to enroll in the program and complete the course requirements and attain the certificate. The partnership aims to build financial capacity within Indigenous governments and communities to support their goal of self-determination.

“The success of the first cohort and interest from many individuals who work in First Nation Governments, has been overwhelming. We are so glad we can provide this opportunity to build capacity in First Nations one student at a time,” said Wendy Ham, Executive Director, AFOA BC.

The Indigenous Financial Management Certificate is the first step towards obtaining AFOA Canada’s Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation. Students who enroll in this pilot program can also apply to transfer several of these credits to pursue further studies through Langara College, and to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program of studies. AFOA Canada owns, administers, and awards the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation.

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