COMM 386T - Indigenous Peoples and Economic Development

The business community in Canada is striving to build stronger economic relationships with Indigenous communities. Exposing undergraduates to this subject will provide them with an understanding of the complexities and importance of Indigenous engagement, and better prepare them for roles in the private sector. While the focus will be on Indigenous engagement in Canada, the tools and frameworks presented will be applicable to cross-cultural business practices in many environments. This course will support these priorities by presenting:

  • A high-level review of political, legal, cultural, and historical contexts;
  • Case studies on the private sector's engagement with Indigenous peoples;
  • Frameworks that present best practices and tools for enduring and successful economic relationships.

Learning objectives

  • Identify and understand the historical, legal, cultural and political contexts that make engagement with Indigenous communities both challenging and important.
  • Appreciate the unique role the private sector can play in promoting economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Understand the business best practices that can support successful and enduring economic partnerships with Indigenous communities.
  • Apply these business best practices to cases from across various economic sectors, including real estate, forestry, energy, forestry, and tourism.

Note: COMM 386T is open to all undergraduate students in Year 3 or 4. No prerequisites required.

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