National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair
An initiative of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Faculty of Law
Judith Sayers (Kekinusuqs) has taken on a new role at UVic to serve as the Visiting National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair (NAEDC), the first of its kind in Canada. She also teaches in both the Faculty of Law and Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.
As Chair, Judith directs an innovative program of applied research, partnerships, educational initiatives and outreach aimed at promoting Aboriginal economic development. The program is directed in collaboration with leaders from Aboriginal communities, business and government. They will advance and share knowledge of best business practices, economic enablers, and institutional mechanisms to foster Aboriginal economic development across the country. She will continue the outreach and initiatives begun by inaugural chair Professor James Hopkins and host an annual symposium late this fall on Aboriginal economic development. Her appointment runs from May 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.
The NAEDC is made possible through generous donations from the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, EnCana Corporation, BC Hydro, and Enbridge Incorporated.
Highlights of the NAEDC
Spirit of the Masks:
On Tuesday, March 29, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair hosted the 2011 National Aboriginal Economic Development Symposium. Above is a recording of the keynote presentation by Brian Calliou, Program Director for The Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership and Management. View the full library of presentations from our distinguished speakers and panel members from the event. Symposium proceedings are coming soon.
From Paternalism to Partnership: The New Relationship and Aboriginal Economic Development. The assertion of jurisdiction by the Canadian state over Indigenous peoples and their traditional lands resulted in the dispossession of Indigenous inhabitants from their lands, marginalization from society and the economy, and the displacement of their traditional forms of leadership and governance. However, Indigenous leaders always resisted such external forces upon their sovereignty. In fact, today they have won significant victories in the protection of their rights to land, self-government and to benefits of resource development on their traditional territories. Brian Calliou discusses on how this “new relationship” has come about and highlights some of the success stories.
Accomplishments and Reflections of the NAEDC
The mandate of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair (NAEDC) is to create a national independent forum for sustained research, strong partnerships and the exchange of meaningful ideas that will directly assist, enrich and support Indigenous peoples and communities in the field of economic development, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Please visit our accomplishment/reflections page to read more about the work of the Chair.