Project Overview

A key action in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan 2020-2030 is to grow Indigenous participation in the economy through economic development.

The Indigenous Leadership: Governance and Development project, funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development, provides made-in-Saskatchewan tools for Indigenous communities to undertake long-term economic development. The project materials were developed by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and their affiliates at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The Principal Investigator for the project is Murray Fulton, JSGS Professor Emeritus.

The project has two parts. One part captures the experience of Saskatchewan Indigenous communities through in-depth case studies. The case studies cover a range of business development examples from well-established economic development corporations (EDCs) to individual entrepreneurs.

The other part is a toolkit with modules on Indigenous business development topics — everything from the goals of EDCs to the use of business charters to how to build a board of directors to how to value a business.