February 25, 2016
Tribal economies in spotlight
What’s needed to create a tribal economy is the question being asked by first nations peoples at a conference starting in Christchurch today.
The Kai hiku, kai upoko: Tribal Economic Wananga is hosted by the University of Canterbury Ngai Tahu Research Centre.
Director Te Maire Tau says because culture and wealth go hand in hand, tribal economies have more than just a financial impact.
He says tribal peoples need to generate wealth on their reserves and villages and create the economic conditions to allow their people to flourish
Speakers over the three days include Liz Medicine Crow from the First Alaskans Institute, who will share how the Haida and Tlingit peoples took responsibility for the social welfare of their people.
Secwepemc elder Manny Jules from the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council will talk about the fight for indigenous self government and financial independence in the Kamloops area of British Columbia.
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