Indigenous Economic Development

  1. Suppose your friend says to you “I don’t think that Indigenous peoples in Manitoba spend very much, and I’m not sure that urban reserves are contributing much to the Manitoba economy.” Please read (part or all of) the report “Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy” by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakinak (MKO), the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), and Brandon’s Rural Development Institute (RDI) (posted on Nexus). How would you respond to your friend’s question? Please provide your response in approximately 1 page (single-spaced).
  2. Using the National Indigenous Economic Progress Report (2019): a. What is the ratio of average incomes between First Nations (on reserve) individuals and non-Indigenous individuals in 2015?
    b. Starting in 2015, how many years will it take to double average First Nations (on reserve) incomes if First Nations (on reserve) incomes grow at 3.0% per year? Call this number of years ‘n’.
    c. If in 2015, non-Indigenous incomes started to grow at 2% per year on average, what will non-Indigenous average incomes be after n years?
    d. After n years, what is the ratio of average First Nations (on reserve) incomes to non-Indigenous incomes?
  3. Suppose you work at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and your supervisor places slide 12 of Lecture 2 on your desk. They ask: what is the best way for water to be delivered? Based on slide 12 of Lecture 2, how would you respond?
  4. Please listen to one podcast from Media Indigena and provide a 1-page (single-spaced) summary of the episode. Then provide your opinion of the views expressed in this episode.
  5. Please choose 2 chapters from Ladner and Tait (2017) Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 50 Years of Betrayal and in less than 1 page (single-spaced), summarize the chapter, and provide your personal reaction to it. That is, address the questions: a. What are the main insights you gained from this chapter?
    b. What is your opinion of the issue raised in the chapter? What can be done in terms of policy/programming in response to this issue?

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