In, Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two Worlds by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson states in the opening to his memoir, that his “story is not a litany of complaints but a list of battles” that he has fought. And he promises he will not be overly pious in his telling of them. “As a businessman,” he writes, “I like to give the straight goods. In Fight or Submit, Grand Chief Derrickson delivers on his promise. Born and raised in a tarpaper shack, he went on to become one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in Canada.
Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel and Chief Ronald Derrickson describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs. Arthur Manuel has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues since its inception in 2002.
Make Math Work: Money - Cashier Preparing Indigenous Students for Apprenticeship and Employment by Miranda Miller and Robert Horton is one of the titles in Ningwakwe's new series, Make Math Work. On many First Nations across Canada there are various small businesses such as gas stations, variety stores, and restaurants. Each of these stores require customer service cashiers or store clerks. Math skills and money handling are key to the small businesses. This 28-page book in the series focuses on one area of math and numeracy as it relates to a particular job or career.
Comme on se sent bien ici is the French translation of We Feel Good Out Here, Zhik gwaa'an, nakhwatthaiitat gwiinzii one of the first titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This Gwich'in title is designed to highlight one of the official Aboriginal language groups in the Northwest Territories. The book presents information about the people and community of Tsiigehtchic through the eyes of Julie-Ann Andre and her family. Julie-Ann is a Canadian Ranger, mother of twins, a hunter, a trapper, and a small-business owner engaged in cultural tourism.
Quebec Hydropolitics: The Peribonka Concessions of the Second World War is an examination of the effects of dams on the environment, Innu people, and the war effort. Author David Massell, associate professor of history at the University of Vermont, examined the papers of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and interviewed with Innu (Montagnais) elders to create a compelling synthesis of business and social history as well as wartime politics.
Aboriginal, Northern, and Community Economic Development: Papers and Perspectives is a collection of 12 papers and essays written by professor of economics at the University of Manitoba, John Loxley, from the 1980s to 2007. Interspersed throughout the book are the author's retrospective comments about the early papers thereby bringing the reader up to present-day understandings and the current literature for each paper.
Are You Ready to Mind Your Own Business? is a 137-page manual designed to assist Aboriginal individuals interested in starting a home-based business. Mohawk entrepreneur Narda Iulug used her own background knowledge and experience in developing these worksheets and questions for thinking through the whole question of starting one's own business. Each topic is written in a conversational style that makes understanding the content painless. The author provides specific questions for each topic that walks the budding entrepreneur through the areas of study.
Tribal Business School: Lessons in Business Survival and Success from the Ultimate Survivors reveals the lessons of survival and success from traditional societies and shows how business can profit from rediscovering the essence of leadership and the basics of what makes some organizations survive and others fail. Structured around seven simple lessons, with one tribe representing one lesson, this book is a rare combination of credible and highly topical - forget the high-brow theory; this is the ultimate primer in business survival.
In A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, this startlingly original vision of Canada, renowned thinker John Ralston Saul argues that Canada is a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas: Egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all Aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. An obstacle to progress, Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn't believe in Canada.
The Berlin Blues is a play by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that captures his characteristic satirical voice. In this play, the setting is a small Ojibwe reserve community facing the dilemma of sacrificing their traditional values for the exploitative economic development proposed by a German-based company. The business proposal drops into the lap of the band office's economic development officer who deals with a German couple who plan a theme-park called Ojibway World.