Theme 4: Indigenous Communities and the Social Economy

Theme 4 Coordinator - Dr. David Natcher, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, University of Saskatchewan

For further information contact Dr. David Natcher (email: david.natcher@usask.ca)

PowerPoint Presentation: 
Indigenous Communities and the Social Economy
by Dr. David Natcher

Many researchers have noted that traditional economic and social activities of Northern indigenous communities are in themselves a model of social economy. (Wenzel, 1995, Wenzel et al, 2000; Nuttall 1991; Proulx and Gauthier, 2005)  A key objective for this node is a better understanding of the relationship between sharing, a subsistence economy, traditional indigenous cultures and values, and social cohesion in Northern communities.

Indigenous communities and the Social Economy theme consists of a long-term project to be undertaken by the theme coordinator (Natcher) and will include a number of sub-projects that will be approved and developed through the Scientific Review Committee of SERNNoCa.  This will involve coordination with the other research themes and include collaboration with the theme coordinators, node coordinators and community researchers.  The geographical reach of the over-all research will include the three northern territories, Labrador and Nunavik whenever possible. A key objective for this theme is to enhance our understanding of the relationship between indigenous communities and the social economy of northern Canada.

Key Objectives of this theme are to:

  1. Enhance the understanding of the complex relationship between wildlife harvesting, wage labour, sharing and reciprocity, and the regulatory regimes that now mediate community access to wildlife resources.
  2. By identifying how each of these factors contribute to the social economic cohesion of Northern indigenous communities we hope our research can lend to more informed and responsive public policy.

Reporting

A number of journal articles will result from the research.  In addition community presentations and summary reports will be produced. 

 

Project #

Project Title

Status

Project 4a

Rethinking the ‘Informal’ Economy of the Canadian North: Linkages Between Wildlife Harvesting and Income Support Programs 
Damian Castro, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dr. David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan

Ongoing

Project 4b

Examining the Northern Social Economy Through the Lens of Natural Resource Management in Labrador Carolina Tytleman, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dr. David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan

Ongoing

Project 4c

Food Security and the Cross-Border Dimensions of the Vuntut Gwich'in Social Economy 
David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan,
Norma Kassi and Jody Butler-Walker, Arctic Health Research Network-Yukon,
Tobi Jeans, University of Saskatchewan

Project Completed

Project 4d

Subsistence and the Social Economy of the Nunatsiavutmiut
David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan,
Nunatsiavut Government,
Larry Felt, Memorial University,
Jim McDonald, University of Saskatchewan and
Andrea Procter, Memorial University

Project Completed

 

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