Working Paper: Renewing Indigenous Economies Through Creative Destruction – Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics
“We have to replace the colonial structures and renew our governments and economies by creative destruction. Our economic growth is our best weapon to achieve this.”
—Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC), Manny Jules, 2018
For the last 4o years Ma, Jules and likeminded First Nat. and Indigenous’ leaders’ have developed an algorithm to creatively destroy the colonial framework represented by the Inchon Act and the Department of Indian Affairs Six key elements of their algorithm are:
- You can’t just demand change as Ma, and other communities learned firsthand in the spring of .1975 with the rejection of government funds. First Nations didn’t have the institutions for an economy or a government so by the fall of 1975 they had to retreat from their rejection and accept government funding to support their He and other leaders learned the hard w, that sustainable proposals for change must focus on renewing First Nation institutions that provide the necessary legal, fiscal, administrative, Infrastructure and property framework to generate economic growth, Innovation and public revenues.
- Successful proposals fora better First Nation institutional framework must be First Nation led. There are two strong rationale for this requirement.
(a) First Nations and Indigenous people in the Americas created public institutions that supported their economies and innovation pre-contact (and early contact). It is the accepted responsibility of public institution entrepreneurs like Ma, and his supporters to renew these institutions in the contemporary context.
(13) Colonial ., means there is too much mistrust of a, proposal from other governments. First Nations were legislated out of the economy by the Canadian Constitution, the Indian Act Indian Affairs and federally-imposed education systems. Their lands, tax powers and innovation capacity were taken.
- Legislation provides for an orderly transition to renew First Nation jurisdiction. Federal and where necessary provincial legislation is required to create the spa. for First Nation public institutions. First Nation legislation is required to occupy the
- First Nation institutions are required to ensure jurisdktions are filled efficiently and effectively for interested First Nations. These institutions provide sample laws, administrative templates and training to reduce the costs of switching from old systems to improved ones.
- The development of proposed First Nation legislation and institutions needs to follow a systematic process to ensure that they support economic growth through continual innovation. There are six parts to this systematic innovation process developed by Ma, Jules and other likeminded First Nat. leaders.
- Seize opportunities for change resulting from the rights and title victories in the courts, constitutional amendment, political will, fiscal pressure and technological, .vironmental and demographic
- DeveMp comprehensive proposals for legislation and institutions based on (a) research of comparable systems and economically successful institutional innovations and (b) thorough institutional financial and implementation
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