"This report shows that Aboriginal business development creates wealth and employment, which can ensure the well-being of Aboriginal people at both the individual and the community levels. It profiles five successful Aboriginal businesses and proposes best practice guidelines based on common success factors and lessons learned. These guidelines are designed to inspire and encourage others to develop successful Aboriginal businesses."
Article shows how Native entrepreneurs have to not only overcome regulatory and economic difficulties, but also the moral dilemmas of breaking social norms. The business analyzed involved selling smoked, filleted and whole char to both wholesale and retail customers. In the north, sharing of food among people is a social norm given to how hard it is to survive there.
"Today is a time of economic rebirth for Aboriginal people in Canada. The federal government has committed billions of dollars to Aboriginal business initiatives, and courts are actively settling a range of claims. Innovative business models, new forms of property, and daring ventures and partnerships flourish across Canada, with many more planned. [...] Contributors include experienced practitioners and foremost academics of Aboriginal law from Canada and the United States.
"After a review of the general characteristics of Aboriginal businesses on Canadian reserves, the empirical part of this research compares a sample of 22 on-reserve businesses interviewed within four reserves in Northern Ontario to a control sample of 229 businesses from across Northern Ontario. Both samples were surveyed in Spring/Summer 1997 by the Small Business Research Group, from Laurentian University's School of Commerce and Administration.
Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy
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"At one level, the story of Membertou First Nation is inspirational. But, this paper identifies some of the unique challenges and barriers faced by First Nations people pursuing opportunities as entrepreneurs. Challenges include issues of political stability; the need to respect the value placed upon community, conservation and sustainability by the culture the limited access to traditional sources of capital and other possible barriers.
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association
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This presentation provides an indication of the types of Innu business development projects that are presently under way and how they are contributing to the economic welfare of the affected communities and province.
The COMFIT Tool Kit consists of materials designed for eligible entities to educate individuals, groups, and their communities about the Nova Scotia Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) Program. The COMFIT is a program administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy (DOE) to increase community ownership of renewable energy in the Province.