Aboriginal Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Canada: Thoughts on Current Theory and Practice

Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Structure and Process International Research in the Business Disciplines, Volume 4, pp. 141-167, 2004

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Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This chapter explores economic development and entrepreneurship among Aboriginal people in Canada as a particular instance of Indigenous entrepreneurship and development activity worldwide. In tum, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and the economic development that flows from it, can be considered a particular sub-set of ethnic entrepreneurship. What makes Indigenous entrepreneurship a particular and distinct instance of ethic entrepreneurship is the strong tie between the process and place - the historic lands of the particular Indigenous group involved. With Aboriginal populations there is also often a strong component of "nation-building," or more correctly re-building. This is in contrast with instances of entrepreneurship associated with ethnic groups that have migrated to new places and are pursuing economic opportunities there in ways that distinguish them from the non-ethnic population.

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Anderson, Robert B. and Giberson, Robert J, Aboriginal Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Canada: Thoughts on Current Theory and Practice (2004). Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Structure and Process International Research in the Business Disciplines, Volume 4, pp. 141-167, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495136

Robert B. Anderson (Contact Author)

University of Regina ( email )

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Robert J Giberson

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