A couple of our graduate business classes this term are exploring Indigenous business and economic development -- a theme that we expect will appear in more classes at all levels in the coming years.
We wrote a post recently about Business and BC's Indigenous Communities to explore some of the many resources available to help students who are working on such assignments.
Today we thought we'd add some additional resources, but this time with a focus on sources that go deeper into the topic and provide more comprehensive information than is typically available on web pages and in articles: ebooks and books! For instance...
In general, finding books in our SFU Library Catalogue about Canada's Indigenous Peoples can be difficult and frustrating. The terms used to describe such books in most library catalogues are often archaic and definitely inconsistent. You'll see subjects such as Aboriginal, Indigenous, Native, and even Indian being used, as well as terms for specific Indigenous communities and nations such as Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Aside from any discussion of the appropriateness or accuracy of these terms, their sheer inconsistency is a barrier to good searching. We're working on cleaning that mess up, but since these are standard terms used across thousands of libraries, substantial changes can take some time.
To help you find titles relevant to Indigenous business topics in the meantime, we've included detailed search instructions -- complete with links to pre-run searches -- in our Library guide for Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership.
The reading list for the classes this term seems like a great place to start:
- Reservation "capitalism": Economic development in Indian country
- Rebuilding native nations: Strategies for governance and development
- Indigenous aspirations and rights: The case for responsible business and management
- Indigenous spiritualities at work: Transforming the spirit of enterprise
More recommended titles
- Tsleil-Waututh Nation's history, culture and Aboriginal interests in Eastern Burrard Inlet
- As I remember it : teachings (Ɂəms taɁaw) from the life of a Sliammon elder
- Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands
- Living on the edge : Nuu-chah-nulth history from an Ahousaht chief's perspective
- Tsawalk : a Nuu-chah-nulth worldview
- Principles of tsawalk : an indigenous approach to global crisis
- Building stability into BC First Nations economies : The role of governance and community (SFU thesis - MPP program - more like this)
- Indigenous Organization Studies : exploring management, business and community
- Indigenous and Ethnic Empowerment: Parity, Equity and Strategy
- Closing the well-being gap through improved First Nation governance
- Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices
- Rebirth: Political, Economic and Social Development in First Nations
- The First Entrepreneurs : Natural Resource Development and First Nations
- The reconciliation manifesto : recovering the land, rebuilding the economy
- Aboriginal peoples and forest lands in Canada
- Planning co-existence : aboriginal issues in forest and land use planning
- Decolonizing Employment: Aboriginal Inclusion in Canada's Labour Market
- Indigenous Encounters with Neoliberalism: Place, Women, and the Environment in Canada and Mexico
- Business Implications of Aboriginal Law
- Resource rulers : fortune and folly on Canada's road to resources
- Tiller's guide to Indian country : economic profiles of American Indian reservations
- Reclaiming Culture : Indigenous People and Self-Representation
- Indigenous People and Economic Development: An International Perspective
- Engaging Indigenous Economy : Debating diverse approaches (Australian perspective)
- Indigenous Tourism: Cases from Australia and New Zealand (Remember that some lateral thinking is required for good research: can you learn from the experiences of others as you plan local initiatives?)
About format and access
Finally, a brief note about format and access: the list above includes both ebooks and print books. Some of the titles are available in both formats.
Our ebooks come in a variety of interfaces and access models, depending on the publisher and the licenses they are willing to sell to an academic library.
Where possible, we try to get copies that can be read by many researchers at once, and even downloaded for offline reading. Sometimes, however, the only copies available are licensed for a specific number of simultaneous readers and have limits on the number of pages that can be downloaded or printed.
If you see multiple records for a title, check them all and pick the interface and access model that best suits your needs.
These titles may be at any or all of our three SFU Library branches: WAC Bennett (Burnaby), Belzberg (Vancouver), or Fraser (Surrey). See this FAQ for instructions on how to get a print book transferred to the SFU Library branch that is most convenient for you.
Happy reading! Let us or our library colleagues know if you have any questions.
-- Mark & Moninder
Business & Economics Librarian
Graduate Business Librarian