Indigenous Wellbeing and Enterprise: Self-Determination and Sustainable Economic Development

1st Edition

Rick Colbourne, Robert Anderson

February 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 360 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367349639 - CAT# K441486

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In this book, we explore the economic well‐being of Indigenous people globally through case studies that provide practical examples of how Indigenous well-being is premised on sustainable self‐determination that is in turn dependent on a community’s evolving model for economic development, its cultural traditions, 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 People. 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 well‐being.

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 well‐being through practical case studies which explain the need for Indigenous‐led economic development and governance strategies that 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 in undergraduate business or MBA programs seeking to understand the global context and the varied experiences of Indigenous peoples in developing sustainable economic development strategies that promote community well-being.

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