Textbook: Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices

Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices

Edited by Keith G. Brown, Mary Beth Doucette and Janice Esther Tulk

Released:  May 17, 2016

Price:  $27.95

Indigenous Business in Canada: Principles and Practices should serve as a conscious raiser for business education students and professionals working in housing, business, banking and other economic-development industries and support their ability to adapt to the growing importance of Aboriginal communities and business to the global economy.” (Nelson & Waugh, Canadian Journal of Education, 2016)


Students who study business in university are not likely to hear about or discuss examples of indigenous successes from across the country. Rarely would one see references to indigenous communities, let alone examples of them growing multi-million dollar businesses and partnering to lead innovative economic development projects that positively impact the national economy. Resources are scarce and inadequate, an oversight that is to our detriment.

Somewhere between a textbook and a book of collected essays, this collection is an effort to build on and share the research of indigenous practitioners and scholars working in their respective fields. Where possible we share not only concepts, but also that voices of Aboriginal leaders, officials, Elders, and other members of Aboriginal communities.

Indigenous Business in Canada addresses contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Aboriginal business in Canada, reveals some of the challenges and diverse approaches to business in indigenous contexts from coast to coast to coast, and demonstrates the direct impact that history and policy, past and present, have on business and business education.

Keith G. Brown (PhD) is Vice President, International and Aboriginal Affairs and Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at Cape Breton University. His professional and academic experience spans local, regional, and national First Nations issues and he is recognized as an international educator, author, and speaker on the subject of cultural tourism marketing.

Mary Beth Doucette (MBA) is an industrial engineer with an MBA in community economic development. She is also the Executive Director and Associate Chair of the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at Cape Breton University.

Janice Esther Tulk’s (PhD) doctoral research focused on Mi’kmaw music and culture, and over the past five years she has researched best practices in Aboriginal business, particularly in Unama’ki (Cape Breton)

Indigenous Business in Canada is available in print format as well as in several eBook formats. Look for the following ISBNs:

The complete list of Case Studies in Aboriginal Business, written by the Purdy Crawford Chair, can be found on our Teaching Resources page.