Aboriginal knowledge for economic development by David Newhouse, Jeff Orr and the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program"This volume analyzes the benefits challenges and practices of Mi'kmaw and Maliseet language immersion programs in Atlantic Canada, illustrating how these programs provide Aboriginal youth with a solid foundation of worldviews, ethics, values and identities that are essential for improved academic success. This volume also examines the Honouring Traditional knowledge Project, a two-year project to seek Elders' views on how to include them and traditional knowledge in all aspects of community economic research and development. The Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) is a partnership between the member communities of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNC), the Innu and Inuit of Labrador, twelve Atlantic Canadian universities and federal and provincial government founders. The Main purpose of the AAEDIRP is to improve the knowledge concerning Atlantic Aboriginal economic development in order to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the region. Book jacket."
Urban Aboriginal economic development: A Friendship Centre perspective by National Association of Friendship Centres"Economic development is a critical issue for urban Aboriginal people. Whether it is individual business development, organizational or community development, or individual employment and training, there is critical work which needs to take place. Often moving to urban areas is the most significant economic development decision Aboriginal people will make. Leaving traditional communities for urban areas in search of employment or business opportunities is a difficult decision to make. To make matters worse, there is little formal support for their activities in urban areas. Urban areas offers access to education and training opportunities and access to a market not found elsewhere. Given the proper supports there are incredible opportunities to have a great impact. What is required are coordinated efforts from government, service providers and institutions. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) noted that 300,000 new jobs would be required to have Aboriginal people reach Canadian levels of employment. This background paper explores some of the issues which would be required to be addressed if we are to attempt to reach that goal."