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Indigenomics? It’s a new word that settles across the tongue conjuring up possibility of the unknown. Indigenomics is the collective economic response to the lasting legacy of the systematic exclusion of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s development. It is this economic displacement that has shaped the polarization of the Indigenous relationship across time.
It’s time for a new story, one where Indigenous people assume their rightful place at the economic table of this country.
Why Indigenomics? The truths of this country lie in the experience of Indigenous communities in poverty without access to clean water, warm housing, clean power or good jobs. The root of this can be traced to centuries of being excluded economically.
Dara Kelly notes in her paper Indigenous Development, Wealth, Freedom and Capabilities: “Situating Indigenous economic freedom within a framework of humanism affirms not only the rights of Indigenous peoples to define our own economic futures, but in exchange for economic autonomy, contracts a mutual responsibility to care for, and not violate the rights of others to economic freedom.” This is the next-level Canada. This is Indigenomics.
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