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Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families

The Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families training expands First Nations’ ability to help more members of Native communities adapt traditional skills to financial management by learning about building a healthy economy, developing a spending plan, working with checking and savings accounts, and understanding and accessing credit.

Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer Workshops, along with the Financial Skills for Families Participant Workbook, are part of what is commonly known as BNC, a go-to financial education curriculum for teaching budgeting, credit, consumer awareness, and other hot topics. The BNC brand also includes a basic investing curriculum and Oweesta’s recently launched teen and young adult curriculum.

As flagship BNC training products co-owned by First Nations Development Institute and Oweesta Corporation, the workshops are a high-wattage forum for participants to network, learn, and grow, while the participant workbook, currently in its 5th edition, is popular for its culturally relevant shtick, engaging lessons, and hands-on activities.

Every year, the workshops and workbook are introduced to countless tribal housing programs, CDFIs, tribal colleges, wellness centers, and other groups that all share a common need to provide quality financial education to Native American families.

To learn how to bring a BNC training to your community, contact First Nations consultant Shawn Spruce at