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Indigenous Wellbeing and Enterprise
Self-Determination and Sustainable Economic Development

ISBN 9780367349639
Published July 10, 2020 by Routledge
352 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this book, we explore the economic wellbeing of Indigenous peoples globally through case studies that provide practical examples of how Indigenous wellbeing is premised on sustainable self- determination that is in turn dependent on a community’s evolving model for economic development, its cultural traditions, its relationship to its traditional territories and its particular spiritual practices. Adding to the richness, geographically these chapters cover North, Central and South America, Northern Europe, the Circumpolar Arctic, Southern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania and a resulting diverse set of Indigenous peoples. The book addresses key issues related to economic, environmental, social and cultural value creation activities and provides numerous examples and case studies of Indigenous communities globally which have successfully used entrepreneurship in the pursuit of sustainable development and wellbeing.

Readers will gain practical understandings of the nature of sustainable economic development from a cross- section of case studies of Indigenous perspectives globally. The chapters map out the international development of Indigenous rights and the influence that this has had on Indigenous communities globally in asserting their sovereignty and acting on their rights to develop sustainable governance and economic development practices. Readers will develop insights into the intersection of Indigenous governance with sustainable practice and community wellbeing through practical case studies that explain the need for Indigenous- led economic development and governance strategies, which are responsive to local, regional, national and international realities in developing sustainable Indigenous economies focused on economic, environmental, social and cultural value creation.

This book will be useful for Indigenous and non- Indigenous business students studying undergraduate business or MBA programs who seek to understand the global context and the varied experiences of Indigenous peoples in developing sustainable economic development strategies that promote community wellbeing.

Table of Contents

Introduction Rick Colbourne and Robert B. Anderson

1 Invitation to ethical space: a dialogue on sustainability and reconciliation Reg Crowshoe and David Lertzman

2 Coyote learns commerce Joseph Scott Gladstone

3 Resistance to ‘development’ amongst the Kogui of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Aili Pyhala

4 Consultation or free, informed and prior consent? A comparative legal analysis of Indigenous consultation during natural resource activities in Australia and Canada Madeline E. Taylor

5 Towards measuring Indigenous sustainability: merging vernacular and modern knowledge Maor Kohn, Meidad Kissinger and Avinoam Meir

6 The Inuit: sustaining themselves, the Arctic and the World Peter Hough

7 Self-gentrification as a pro-active response to tourism development: cases of Indigenous entrepreneurship in mainland China and Taiwan Jin Hooi Chan, Shih- Yu Chen, Zhongjuan Ji, Ying Zhang and Xiaoguang Qi

8 What is a river? Cross-disciplinary and Indigenous assessment Tero Mustonen and Pauliina Feodoroff

9 Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in Galiza: indigeneity or peasanthood? Joam Evans Pim

10 Sustainable development through Indigenous community-based enterprises Mario Vazquez-Maguirre

11 Andean enterprises: a case study of Bolivia’s Royal Quinoa entrepreneurs Tamara Stenn

12 Relational and social aspects of Indigenous entrepreneurship: the Hupacasath case Irene Henriques, Rick Colbourne, Ana Maria Peredo and Robert B. Anderson


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Rick Colbourne is Algonquin Anishinaabe. He is a Fulbright Fellow and Assistant Professor in Indigenous Leadership and Management at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. His research is focused on understanding the intersection of Indigenous ways of knowing and organizing economic development and entrepreneurship.

Robert B. Anderson is Professor Emeritus at the Hill/Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina. His areas of interest include entrepreneurship/economic development, resource management/sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, corporate/Indigenous alliances, Indigenous land claims/economic development, financial reporting in Indigenous organizations and the creation/commercialization of intellectual property.