Engraved on Our Nations : Indigenous Economic Tenacity, Paperback / softback Book

Engraved on Our Nations : Indigenous Economic Tenacity Paperback / softback

Edited by Wanda Wuttunee, Fred Wien

Paperback / softback

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A testament to Indigenous resilienceDespite investments in nation building, self-autonomy, and cultural resurgence, Indigenous economic development has remained an underexplored and underestimated area of research.

Engraved on Our Nations overturns the discouraging deficit perspective too common in policy and academia and amplifies the largely undocumented history of successful Indigenous economic activity in Canada. Following David Newhouse’s overview of Indigenous economic history, the authors of this collection illustrate how First Nation and Métis individuals and communities have met and overcome an array of challenges.

Case studies focus on First Nations from Membertou (Nova Scotia) to Tahltan (British Columbia) and Indigenous-led enterprises like McDonald Brothers Electric (Inuvik Northwest Territories) and Neechi Commons (Winnipeg).

Simultaneously celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurs and exploring concerns around sustainable development, the book also asks: can capitalism be Indigenized?In this first-of-its-kind collection, diverse voices offer experiences and analyses that present common threads to students seeking better answers for the future.

Engraved on Our Nations shares stories not only of entrepreneurial excellence and persistence but of savvy leadership, innovation, and reciprocity, providing hope to Indigenous business leaders, youth, and elected officials working on the front lines to improve economic conditions and achieve “a good life” for their communities.