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Entrepreneurship and Aboriginal Canadians: A Case Study in Economic Development
Vol. Volume 7, Number 1 April/2002

Robert B Anderson
Business development is the centrepiece of the Aboriginal approach to economic development. One group of Aboriginal people in Northwest Saskatchewan, the First Nations of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC), are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in economic development. This paper reviews their development activities and measures the impact of these activities for the period 1986 to 1996. As the results indicate, the efforts of the MLTC have been modestly successful. In spite of this success, employment and income levels among the people of the First Nations of the MLTC remain far below the levels of the population of the province as whole. Much remains to be done if they are to achieve parity with non-Aboriginal Canadians