Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

The Paul Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) focuses on ways in which entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to plan successful ventures that enable them to achieve their goals. 

During the program, students will create business plans for their own ventures. Through hands-on experiences, they will have opportunities to develop the values, characteristics, and skills often associated with successful entrepreneurs.

The goal of the Entrepreneurship Program is to help Aboriginal youth develop the attitudes and skills necessary to achieve success in secondary school, in the workplace, during post-secondary education or training, and in daily life. The program invites students to develop entrepreneurial opportunities that can lead to business ownership.

Students gain an introduction to business that will help them prepare for the working world regardless of their choice of career. The program is also designed to improve their proficiency in business mathematics, English, accounting, marketing, and information and communications technology, while supporting the acquisition of leadership skills.

The program teaches students about aspects of a business, such as the ways it functions, its role in Canadian society, opportunities it generates for individuals and Aboriginal communities and its impact on people’s lives.

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship also help students strengthen communication skills as they gather information from sources in the community, prepare presentations, and engage in public speaking.

Each student who wishes to pursue opening a micro business will be provided with funding to cover business start-up costs. By managing these funds, students learn about financial record-keeping and accountability. 

Community involvement and field experiences are a vital part of this course. Students are paired with mentors from the community. Visits from guest speakers who represent the business community and organizations that help entrepreneurs are an important part of the program.

The field experience component of the course includes communication with business people in the community.

  • Through connecting with businesses, students learn first hand about business management from business owners and managers.

  • Students communicate with people and organizations that can provide resources or advice to help them develop and operate their ventures.

  • The course culminates in a trade show where students make a polished business presentation of their venture idea.

Father Mercredi’s Entrepreneurship Program incorporates Aboriginal content, including case studies, teaching strategies, and examples of successful local Aboriginal business leaders.

Get in Touch

Father Mercredi High School
455 Silin Forest Rd
Fort McMurray, AB,
T9H 4V6
Phone: (780) 799-5725
Fax:  (780) 799-5740

To report attendance
General Inquiries

Ms. Lisa Miller

Vice Principals
Mrs. Kirsten McConnell

Mr. Jeff Power

Mrs. Daron Van Lingen

Learning Coaches

Bob Van Thiel

Eithne Pierre



Mrs. Jamie Beaton (extension 5416)

Mrs. Trudy Finnson (extension 5512)

Classroom Support Teachers

Christa DeMerchant (extension 5413)

Jennifer O’Brien (extension 5415)

Science & Technology Centre

Mr. Tim Kilburn-Project Consultant

FNMI Aboriginal Liaisons

TrudieAnn Plamondon (extension 5477) Grade 10-12

Kayla Aikins (extension 5516) Grade 7-9