Aboriginal Community Economic Development

The Aboriginal Community Economic Development program provides a first year certificate with an option of taking a second year diploma.

As NVIT’s ACED program fulfills the 16 competencies of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers' (CANDO) technician status, upon completion of the 2nd year, students have the option to apply for technician status with CANDO. In addition to the Diploma and CANDO Certification, the Diploma ladders into a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Simon Fraser University. Students have the opportunity to take this Degree in affiliation with SFU on the NVIT Campus.

ACED courses are transferable to various universities either course by course or by block through a 3rd year business management at University of Lethbridge. For specific transferability details check the BC Transfer Guide.
Certificate Completion Plan
To receive a certificate in Aboriginal Community Economic Development, the learner must successfully complete the following courses.
  • ACED 100 - Introduction To Community Economic Development
  • ACED 115 - Introduction To Accounting For Continuing Education
  • ACED 140 - Introduction To Marketing
  • ACED 160 - Community Analysis
  • ACED 161 - Negotiations and Contract Management
  • ADMN 121 - Introduction to Management
  • ADMN 130 - Community Development I
  • ADMN 165 - Introduction To Computing Systems
  • BUSM 200 - Finite Mathematics
  • ENGL 110 - College Composition
  • Diploma Completion Plan
    To receive a diploma in Aboriginal Community Economic Development, the learner must successfully complete all courses required in the certificate level as well as the following courses:
  • ACED 180 - Project Management
  • ACED 200 - Planning in Aboriginal Communities
  • ACED 220 - First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
  • ACED 230 - Venture Development II
  • ACED 240 - Contemporary First Nation Issues
  • ACED 260 - Case Studies In Community Economic Development
  • ACED 280 - Community Development II
  • BUSM 207 - Introduction To Statistics
  • BUSM 211 - Introduction to Finance
  • BUSM 223 - Human Resources Management
  • Integrated Studies Program: Undergraduate Degree
    This degree is being delivered in affiliation with the Simon Fraser University. To receive this degree the learner must successfully complete all courses required in the Aboriginal Community Economic Development diploma level as well as 3rd and 4th year courses presently offered by Simon Fraser University. Further information on program admission and course load will be provided as available. For more information on this program, please email info@nvit.bc.ca.

    Course Listing for this program
    ACED 100 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Community Economic Development
    ACED 100 clarifies the importance of Community Economic Development as a strategy for the development of economically marginalized and depressed communities. The course introduces students to the theory and practice of Community Economic Development, and provides them with an insight as to combining both theory and practice to help build capacity and sustainability within a community. It promotes a future role and job for the Community Economic Development Officer, and highlights how the successful completion of the course could help increase the development of healthy Aboriginal communities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED 115 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Accounting For Continuing Education
    ACED 115 is an in-depth study of the concepts, principles and practice for external business financial reporting. Consideration of issues related to the measurement and reporting of cash, receivable, inventories, property, plant and equipment, intangibles, investments, revenue and expense recognition and cash flows are discussed. In addition, current financial statement presentation issues (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement) are analyzed to gain an appreciation for the impact of generally accepted accounting principles on the business environment as a whole. Recognition and measurement of liabilities (short and long-term), the structure of stockholders’ equity, taxes, leases, pensions, and accounting changes and error analysis are also covered in the course. Current generally accepted standards for business reporting are also analyzed, as is their effect on the presentation of financial results by corporations and other entities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples and Principles of Math 11 or permission of instructor. / ENGL 060 / MATH 051
    ACED 140 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Marketing
    In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts, activities, and decisions that relate to the marketing function in business and non-business organizations in community, regional, national and international settings. There will be a focus on development and implementation of marketing strategies through the use of marketing mix, variables of product, price place, and promotion. Ethical issues in marketing will be discussed, and the creative use of Internet marketing entertained. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ADMN 190 / ACED 120 / or permission of instructor. / ADMN 130 / ACED 100
    ACED 160 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Analysis
    Community Analysis examines how communities work. Five community functions – political, social, cultural, economic, and physical – will be identified and will be looked at from research, investigative, assessment, and analytical perspectives. The course highlights how data on the five functions may be collected, and how the analysis of the data can help Community Economic Development officers clarify challenges and opportunities and use the information to direct and inform action planning. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED 161 - Credits: 3.000
    Negotiations and Contract Management
    This course focuses on how to successfully negotiate in a variety of organizational situations. In addition, participants learn the basic features of entering into, and successfully managing, a contract. Both negotiations and contract management are examined in this course through experiential models and practices, focusing particularly on applications with a First Nations setting.

    The learning process is based on a combination of lecture inputs to introduce core concepts, individual and class exercises organizational skills, and allows students to monitor their own progress in the course.

    This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED 180 - Credits: 3.000
    Project Management
    Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED 200 - Credits: 3.000
    Planning in Aboriginal Communities
    ACED 200 is an interdisciplinary course. It examines economic, environment and social factors that impact or enhance Community Economic Development (CED) project design. Both successful and unsuccessful CED projects are examined to highlight CED strategies, principles and concepts that have positive impact on sustainable development planning in Aboriginal and small communities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED 220 - Credits: 3.000
    First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
    ACED 220 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nations Law and Economic Development. The student will learn about constitutional law, case law, and public policy. This course will discuss the concepts of self-government and also of community development. Analysis will include studying the Indian Act and also studying contemporary economic initiatives. In addition, this course will discuss the communities' control over services, creation of corporations, and economic development. Systemic issues such as historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations will be studied. This course will provide a historical understanding of contemporary events as well as current legal and political developments. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED 230 - Credits: 3.000
    Venture Development II
    ACED 230 introduces students to the field of “entrepreneurship”. Students examine the concepts, activities and new ways to meet the needs and demands of entrepreneurs. The course examines these themes: (1), the characteristics of the entrepreneur, (2), family businesses, (3), home-based businesses, (4), new product design, (5), business plan, (6) franchising and other alternatives. There will be a focus on opportunities for entrepreneurial development in Aboriginal communities facing challenges such as: downsizing, restructuring, information and communication technologies and globalization. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED 240 - Credits: 3.000
    Contemporary First Nation Issues
    ACED 240 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nation issues. Students will examine First Nation peoples, employment, health and cultures. Other issues are: historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations, First Nation land claims, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, government policy, and Canadian law. Contemporary issues such as treaty negotiations, Bill C-31, and self-government initiatives will be analyzed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ACED 260 - Credits: 3.000
    Case Studies In Community Economic Development
    This course examines some of the significant CED initiatives in Aboriginal communities. At the heart of the course lies a simple point: “Aboriginal people are taking greater responsibility for determining and managing their economies” but do they have the tools to help them along? This course provides lessons from case studies in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. As a survey course, it integrates CED theory and practice. It empowers local communities through CED that balances economic, social, and ecological objectives. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or or permission of instructor.
    ACED 280 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Development II
    ACED 280 is an in-depth study of practical and theoretical applications of “community organizing” case study from the U.S. The course introduces students to the concepts, principles and practice of community organizing. The course explores the current movement of community development which include: some of the sophisticated networks of foundations, corporations, intermediaries, technical assistance providers, with local, state, and federal agencies in the design and implementation of community economic development and organizing strategies. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ACED Certificate or permission of instructor.
    ADMN 121 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Management
    ADMN 121 provides the student with an introduction to management. It is designed to introduce students to the world of organizations. Although this course will not necessarily make the student a "manager," it will provide them with a better understanding of the workings of organizations and those who manage them. The ideas and concepts associated with management will be practiced in class through experiential learning in a team context. The material will not only clarify the things managers do but also focus on developing a conceptual awareness of the issues facing managers and organizations in the ever-changing and increasingly competitive world economy. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ENGL 060 / MATH 059 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples and Math 11 or permission of instructor.
    ADMN 130 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Development I
    ADMN 130 examines Community Economic Development (CED) within a global setting. Additional CED strategies and the development of global theories on CED are explored. This course will promote roles and jobs for CEDOs (Community Economic Development officers)in their communities and globally. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:English 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent assessment, and Math 11 or equivalent assessment, or permission of instructor.
    ADMN 165 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Computing Systems
    Introduction to Computing Systems explains how computer systems, comprised of hardware and software, work. Computing systems are used as a tool, and are intended to increase operation efficiencies in business. Having a clear understanding of computing systems is important to those who often work with limited resources. In addition to enabling the student in understanding how to implement and utilize computing systems, this course will review examples of how computing systems and information technology have been used in economic development. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:COMP 050 / or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
    BUSM 200 - Credits: 3.000
    Finite Mathematics
    This course is designed to build a mathematical base for persons planning to become involved in administration and/or business management. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the need for business professionals to be able to use mathematics in research, statistics, problem solving and decision-making. This course is designed to expose students to the areas of mathematics that they are likely to require in their future jobs or areas of study. Topics include linear equations, sets and counting, probability, matrices, linear programming and solving financial problems. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:MATH 059 / ENGL 060 / ENGL 060 or English 12 and/or English First Peoples; and MATH 059 or PREC 11; or permission of instructor
    BUSM 207 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Statistics
    This course is designed for students who require a course in statistical concepts, principles and methods in preparation for working with statistical studies and analyzing data in their chosen field of study. The focus of this course will be on the logic and interpretation of statistical concepts and techniques in business settings. Much work will be required. This course introduces the student to basic statistical methods for analyzing both a quantitative and qualitative information, including graphic methods, sampling, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The relationship of statistics to research methods is discussed, applications to business decisions is stressed.
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    Prerequisites:or permission of instructor. / BUSM 200
    BUSM 211 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Finance
    The objective of this course is to develop a framework within which financial decisions can be examined. This framework broadly covers the theoretical foundations of finance, the Canadian institutional framework and the techniques used in financial management. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:BUSM 210 / BUSM 200
    Corequisites:corequisite or prerequisite / BUSM 207
    BUSM 223 - Credits: 3.000
    Human Resources Management
    An introduction to personnel management including organization of the personnel functions; recruitment and selection, interviewing and counseling, job descriptions and evaluation, compensation and salary administration, management development and performance appraisal, training and staffing planning, safety and occupational health. The course places particular emphasis on the practical applications of personnel policies and procedures, on personnel’s relationship to management and management’s responsibilities to employees. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:or permission of instructor / BUSM 222
    ENGL 110 - Credits: 3.000
    College Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites:ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.

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