Aboriginal Development

Book Chapters

Evolving Conceptions of the Social Economy: The Arts, Culture, and Tourism in Alert Bay

by Kelly Vodden, Lillian Hunt and Randy Bell (published in 2016 in Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, Athabasca University Press)

This chapter presents a case study of the efforts of the ‘Namgis First Nation to capitalize on opportunities in tourism as a response to political and economic restructuring and to draw on the arts and culture as a long-term strategy for resilience in the face of repeated and long-standing threats to livelihoods and cultural security. The authors explore the role that social economy and sustainable community development approaches have played in the struggles of the ‘Namgis First Nation and the community of Alert Bay to ensure cultural and economic survival based largely on the resources of the surrounding land and sea. In doing so, they raise some concerns about the non-Aboriginal conceptions of social economy when applied to Aboriginal Peoples.

Download the chapter for free.  (Click on the tab for “free PDF”, then go down to chapter 6 in the list of chapters and click on the download button.)

Visit the ‘Namgis First Nation’s website.


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