Research will be the focus of a partnership between the university and the Tl’azt’en First Nation.
A $1 million federal research grant will go toward a joint research project on improving effective natural resources management while integrating traditional knowledge into modern resource management practices.
“This project will go a long way to strengthening our relationship with the University of Northern B.C. as we build capacity to manage our natural resources within the context of traditional practices,” said Deborah Page, adult education coordinator with the Tl’azt’en Nation.
The five-year research project will take place in the John Prince research forest, located on Tl’azt’en traditional territory near Fort St. James.
It will examine how traditional ecological knowledge can inform resource management, how traditional knowledge can be integrated with Western science in educational programs for native youth, and how tourism opportunities might be developed.
UNBC could begin offering a Master’s in Business Administration as early as late summer 2004.
The university conducted polls of employers, current and prospective business students and discovered good demand for a Master’s program strongly grounded in the north.
“Our work shows that there is a market in Northern B.C. for an MBA, one that would enhance the skills of managers in a variety of occupations, while recognizing the particular needs of northerners,” said Business Administration professor Charles Schell.
The UNBC School of Business will fine-tune a curriculum plan and cost out the proposed MBA program following Christmas.
It will then seek support from the university’s senate and board of governors.