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School of Business

Niigaaniiwin - The Art of Leading

Study in a specialization that brings together two knowledge systems– Western business practices and Indigenous ways of knowing and working – with a view to developing students’ ability to work skillfully in the 21st-century business environment.

This specialization brings together today’s business practices and Indigenous knowledge and ideologies, developing students’ ability to work with mindfulness and agility in the 21st-century business environment. Business majors have the unique opportunity to connect to their business education with a knowledge of lessons learned through the history of Indigenous economic development.


Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration may apply for a Specialization in Niigaaniiwin—The Art of Leading, if they have successfully completed the following 7.0 credits:

  • 4.0 INDG credits consisting of INDG 1000Y, 1510H, 3400Y, 3813Y, and 4500H
  • 3.0 INDG credits in addition to the above, including 1.0 credit from each of categories A, B, and D (students may substitute a practicum field placement [INDG 3860Y, 3861H, 3862H, 4860Y, 4861H, 4862H], reading course, or thesis topic with approval from the program coordinator)

A Indigenous Knowledge, Culture & Languages

  • 2200Y
  • 2250Y
  • 2500Y*
  • 2800Y
  • 3100Y*
  • 3110Y*
  • 3500Y
  • 3800Y
  • 4100Y
  • 4800Y
  • 4850Y

B Indigenous Lands, Politics & History

  • 2000Y
  • 2040Y
  • 2255Y/2256H
  • 2305Y
  • 2560Y*
  • 2601Y
  • 2700Y*
  • 3020Y*
  • 3050Y
  • 3113Y
  • 3200Y*
  • 3201H
  • 3202H
  • 3335H
  • 3400Y*
  • 3401H
  • 3402H
  • 3630Y*
  • 3631H
  • 3632H
  • 3730Y
  • 3820H (3950H)
  • 3953Y*
  • 4000Y/4001H
  • 4050H
  • 4051H
  • 4205Y
  • 4250Y*
  • 4461Y
  • 4730Y
  • 4770H
  • 4820Y*

D Cultural Expressions & Performance

  • 2010H
  • 2020H
  • 2110Y
  • 2480Y
  • 2485H
  • 2530Y*
  • 3010H
  • 3030H
  • 3060H
  • 3102Y
  • 3128H
  • 3480Y*/3485H
  • 3481H
  • 3483H
  • 3560Y
  • 4480Y*
  • 4481H

*no longer offered

Program Coordinator 

D. Newhouse, (Onondaga), B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western)

Degrees Offered:

  • B.B.A.


  • Peterborough

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Resume Boosters:

  • 100 hours of hands-on professional experience completing internships with business sector companies and organizations
  • Network with industry experts and organizations through the Prosperity Business Tradeshow and Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Leave your mark at Trent through a fourth-year legacy project or undertake a community-based research project with local businesses
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Indigenous Business Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Equity Analyst
  • Human Resource Manager

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • A 4U Math
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