The I-CEDAR program is for New, Existing or Ready-to launch business ventures.
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
*Classes are from 9 AM to 4 PM PST*
Continue reading to learn more about how the I-CEDAR can take your business to
the next level.
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The I-CEDAR program is not just any program—it's a transformative journey that empowers Indigenous Artists, Carvers, Creators, Performers, Storytellers, and Entrepreneurs in the tourism and hospitality sector. And guess what? It's fully funded for 14 weeks!
I-CEDAR isn't your average entrepreneurship development program. It goes beyond teaching cutting-edge business concepts by honoring traditional values and providing one-to-one mentorships and hands-on training. It's a holistic approach that helps participants build or restructure their businesses, paving the way for success in the emerging domestic Indigenous tourism sector and driving economic growth for our communities.
But that's not all. When you complete the I-CEDAR program, you don't just walk away with newfound knowledge and skills. Nope. You'll have a fully developed business plan that sets you up for success. And to top it off, you'll receive a certification from the renowned Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.
Join us on this emotional and personal journey of discovery, growth, and empowerment. Let's break barriers, embrace our heritage, and create a thriving future together.
"Having already established my business for 2 years, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of valuable and practical information I received from the I-CEDAR Program. Each week, I took the time to review the existing material and found ways to enhance it even further. While I have always been aware of our story, collaborating with Shaun to bring it to life has been an incredible experience. With Christian's guidance on customer focus and ACE business planning, we not only refined our target audience and improved our marketing strategies but also gained clarity on our costs to bring our company back to profitability. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be part of this program and for the tools and support provided to ensure my success. This program has helped me overcome personal barriers and break through limitations I once had."
- Anthony Wingham
Nuez Acres - ‘Clean beauty’ is more than a motto – it’s our mantra. Nuez Acres harnesses the power of pure pecan oil to nourish skin, strengthen hair, and help you live a healthier life.
"The I-CEDAR Program has been a game-changer for me. It has not only equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in business but has also instilled in me a sense of confidence and resilience. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and support provided by the I-CEDAR program, and I am excited to continue my entrepreneurial journey with their guidance and mentorship by my side."
- Sheena Francis Olito
A Feather And A Stone Jewellery - 'a feather and a stone jewellery design' is a creative expression of the artist Sheena Francis Olito. Her designs aim to inspire a connection with the land, culture, and oneself.
I truly can not say enough miigwech’s and thank you’s to all the faculty and staff who supported, encouraged, and motivated me throughout the entire program. I loved the structure and variety of the classes. As an entrepreneur, I always want to learn and grow, so I soaked up as much as I could from all of the instructors, as well as my classmates. Being able to learn in such a supportive and friendly environment and be with like-minded folks made the whole process a lot of fun. I wish it was longer! I’m so grateful for all the new tools and skills I was able to get out of this program, and even more grateful for the wonderful friendships and connections that were made.
- Salina Morse
Alice + Sage is known for hand-poured coconut soy candles that support wellness, gathering, and joy!
It's our mission to kindly craft items that light up your life, inspire a connection & are safe for you, your family, your pets, and the environment.
Learn useful knowledge and valuable skills that are applicable in real-life scenarios happening in the business world.
The program is delivered with an effective balance of cutting-edge concepts, relevant activities, and exercises to advance your business.
There is no need to travel and attend universities in urban centres. The I-CEDAR Program brings world-class entrepreneurship education to your community.
The design of the I-CEDAR Program is rooted in Indigenous culture to covey and anchor business concepts in an appropriate way.
Our faculty and mentors provide focused guidance, specific to the challenges and needs of your personal, professional, and business development.
The courses in the program focus on practical skills and provide the knowledge and skills needed to run a business.
The I-CEDAR program will consist of 12 cohorts (25 participants each) from 2022 to 2025. The program will have a Fall and a Winter registration.
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All Indigenous artwork done by Richard Shorty.