Indigenous resource management and economic development

Economic development in Indigenous contexts is often very different from mainstream forms of economic development. Aboriginal communities face different contextual factors and have different intellectual and cultural traditions reflected in values and ways of life, particularly with regard to their land and marine resources.

In Canada, there are currently several strategies used by communities to manage resources. These strategies include formal treaty processes (Nisga’a modern treaty); unique reconciliation agreements (the Haida Nation’s Gwaii Haanas Agreement with the Canadian Federal Government) and negotiations with the federal government for various programs. Regardless of the mechanisms employed, Aboriginal communities need to develop legal mechanisms to manage resources.

We expect that this will be an iterative process as researchers learn from economic pilots in the field, conduct comparative studies, examine the organizational resources existing within various Indigenous political, legal, and economic traditions, conduct workshops and seminars with community representatives, and seek to fashion effective, community-adapted solutions in collaboration with the communities themselves. The NCIED strives to provide wise practices, support, dialogue and collaboration between Aboriginal communities in order to improve results across the country.

2015

Cameron, E. (2015). Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Makings of the Contemporary Arctic. UBC Press.
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INAC. (2015). Evaluation of Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative. Government of Canada.
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Gulati, S. (2015). The Long and Winding Road Towards Aboriginal Economic Prosperity.
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2014

Anderson, R. B. (2014). The business economy of the first nations in Saskatchewan: A contingency perspective.
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2013

Government of Alberta. (2013). Connecting the dots: progress highlights: Aboriginal workforce and economic development in Alberta.
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Muir, A., Leonard, D., & Krueger, C. (2013). Past, present and future of fishery management on one of the world’s last remaining pristine great lakes: Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 23(3), 293–315.
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Natcher, D. C. (2013). Gender and resource co-management in northern Canada. Arctic, 218–221.
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Tulk, J. E. (2013). Guiding Principles for Aboriginal Economic Development.
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2012

Ehrlich, A. (2012). Dealing with culturally sensitive areas in industrial project design. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 3(2).
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Thomlinson, E., & Crouch, G. (2012). Aboriginal peoples, Parks Canada, and protected spaces: a case study in co-management at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Annals of Leisure Research, 15(1), 69–86.
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2011

Halseth, G., Schwamborn, J., & Gerow, R. (2011). Understanding Indigenous Economic Development in Northern, Rural, and Remote Settings: Frameworks for Change (Workshop November 24-25, 2010). Community Development Institute, University of Northern British Columbia.
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2010

Canadian Chamber of Commerce. (2010). Ready for Business: Canada’s Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Businesses as Equal Partners.
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Harris, D. C., & Millerd, P. (2010). Food Fish, Commercial Fish, and Fish to Support a Moderate Livelihood: Characterizing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights to Canadian Fisheries (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 1594272). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network.
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Roness, L. A., & Collier, M. (2010). Examining partnership arrangements between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal businesses. Dartmouth, N.S: Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat.
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2009

Anderson, R. B. (2009). Natural Resources and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Readings, Cases, and Commentary (2 edition). Concord, Ont: Captus Press.
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Berkes, F. (2009). Evolution of co-management: role of knowledge generation, bridging organizations and social learning. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(5), 1692–1702.
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INAC. (2009). ARCHIVED – Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development. Government of Canada.
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Caverley, N. (2009). An Indigenous perspective on economic sustainability in mountain pine beetle-affected communities. Journal of Ecosystems and Management, 10(2).
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Kutzner, D., Wright, P. A., & Stark, A. (2009). Identifying tourists’ preferences for Aboriginal tourism product features: implications for a northern First Nation in British Columbia. Journal of Ecotourism, 8(2), 99–114.
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Sisco, A., & Stewart, N. (2009). True to Their Visions: An Account of 10 Successful Aboriginal Businesses. Conference Board of Canada.
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Waaub, J. P., Landry, V., Bouvier, A. L., & Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. (2009). Aboriginal Land Planning in Canada: The Role of Strategic Environmental Assessment in Adaptive Co-management. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
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2008

Santo, A. (2008). Act locally, sell globally: Inuit media and the global cultural economy. Continuum, 22(3), 327–340.
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Berkes, F. (2008). Evolution of co-management: role of knowledge generation, bridging organizations and social learning. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(5), 1692–1702.
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2007

Findlay, I. M., & Wuttunee, W. (2007). Aboriginal women’s community economic development: Measuring and promoting success. IRPP.
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2006

Anderson, R. B., Dana, L. P., & Dana, T. E. (2006). Indigenous land rights, entrepreneurship, and economic development in Canada: “Opting-in” to the global economy. Journal of World Business, 41.1, 45–55.
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2005

Dowling, C. (2005). The applied theory of first nations economic development: A critique. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 4(2), 120–8.
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Goodfellow-Baikie, R. L., & English, L. M. (2005). First Nations and community economic development: a case study. Community Development Journal, 41(2), 223–233.
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2003

McBride, J., & Gerow, R. (2003). Minding Our Own Businesses: How to create support in First Nations Communities for Aboriginal Business. Community Economic Development Centre at Simon Fraser University.
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2002

Fraser, S. J. (2002). An exploration of joint ventures as a sustainable development tool for First Nations. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 3(1), 40–45.
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Hammond Ketilson, L., & MacPherson, I. (2002). Aboriginal co-operatives in Canada: A sustainable development strategy whose time has come. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 3(1), 45–57.
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2001

Castro, A. P., & Nielsen, E. (2001). Indigenous people and co-management: implications for conflict management. Environmental Science & Policy, 4(4–5), 229–239.
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1995-2000

Oakes, J. (1995). Climate and cultural barriers to northern economic development: A case study from Broughton Island, NWT, Canada. Climate Research, 91–98.
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Christie, G. (2000). Delgamuukw and the Protection of Aboriginal Land Interests. Ottawa Law Review, 85–115.
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