Digital Narratives: Indigenous Economic Development

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Research Area(s): Social Innovation | Funder: SSHRC | Program: CCSIF
PI Name: Audrey Wubbenhorst | Faculty/Department: Faculty of Social & Community Services

“Digital Narratives: Indigenous Economic Development” is a project led by Humber College in partnership with the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Research by CCAB argues that economic development in Indigenous communities’ correlates positively to social impact. This includes job creation, capacity and skill development. In addition, Indigenous economic development contributes to the overall Canadian economy. While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for more Indigenous content in Canadian classrooms, there is little available for post-secondary professors. This project will start to close that gap through a series of multi-media cases of successful Indigenous business models. Each year will focus on a different theme: Entrepreneurship (year One); Collaboration and Partnerships (year Two) and Skill Development (year Three). The research team will deliberately include cases from across Canada reflecting the diversity of Indigenous communities. Working with FirstNations University, the research team will pilot these materials with students and “test” them for usability and engagement. As the cases are
completed, they will be made available on a web site as open educational resources as well as disseminated and promoted through social media. In the final year of the project, the team will hold a conference to share the content and explore ways of further integrating these stories into classrooms. Humber College will lead this project.