12 hours total – maximum # of students: 10

  • 3 evenings of 4 hours, or
  • 2 weekdays or weekend days of 6 hours

Oh, yes we are the people
Running in the race,
Buying up the bargains in the old marketplace,
Another sale on something,
We’ll buy it while it’s hot
And save a lot of money spending money we don’t got
We’ll save a lot of money spending money we don’t got.

– as played on CBC Marketplace from “The Consumer” , Stompin’Tom Connors, 1972

This is a complete “hands-on” course. Culturally relevant and respectful, easy-to-understand, practical, and non-judgmental. We’ll use real-life examples and play money games to explain many concepts.

Who this course is intented for:

Chiefs, Councils, Economic Development Officers, Managers, Families, Students, Elders, Youth, Single Parents, Business Owners, Individuals… everyone who makes and spends money!

Using a variety of sources, blended with material created by the Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc. this course is easy-to-understand and non-judgmental. Created specifically for Aboriginal people, this course is the only one like it in Canada.

Each participant receives:

  • Aboriginal Financial Literacy Handbook
  • Easy-to-use Financial Literacy Templates


Ways to reduce expenses and “find” free money (use your FL stuff from BEST)


  • Check your bills and credit cards each month
  • Pay on time
  • Pay cash, and only carry what you are willing to spend
  • Leave credit cards at home
  • Car pool


What is “Financial Literacy”?


Cultural background to Aboriginal Financial Literacy


  • Evaluating your current financial situation
  • Income vs. Expenses: How are you doing right now, monthly and yearly?
  • What if expenses are bigger than income? Next steps


Finance and money terms, word and expressions: explaining the gibberish in simple terms. Words like “credit score”, credit record”, “consolidation loan”, “investment vehicles”, “compound interest”, and more.


The Four Steps to saving

Unit 6

Money-suckers and scams, and how to avoid them.

Unit 7

How banks and credit unions work: for and against you.




The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns, by Canadian David Chilton