Increasing Indigenous involvement in natural resources management: Meeting the demands of the 21st Century

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Session Code: RUS2
Session Format: Regular
Session Language: English
Research Cluster Affiliation: Indigenous Settler Relations and Decolonization, Rural Sociology
Session Categories: Regular Session

This session highlights the different ways in which Indigenous communities are adapting to the many challenges they face. Increasingly, Indigenous communities are involved in natural resources management within their traditional territories through decision-making processes, partnerships and business ventures. For many, extractive industries are becoming opportunities not only to improve community viability through Impact Benefit Agreements and increased community supports and employment opportunities but also through business and investment opportunities. However, the impact of economic uncertainty, trade agreements, globalization, and climate change can adversely impact small Indigenous communities resulting in long-term instability. Papers are welcomed that examine the ways in which Indigenous communities are developing new strategies in or are meeting the demands of the 21st century while at the same time protecting their traditional values, culture, and community viability. Of particular interest are strategies involve Modern Land Claim Agreements, Resource Revenue Sharing Agreements, investments, partnerships, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and social capital. Tags: (In)equality, Canadian Sociology, Communities, Culture, Development And Globalization, Economics, Indigenous Studies, Policy And Society, Rural And Urban Sociology

Organizers: Satenia Zimmermann, Lakehead University, Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University