Title: A study of enterprise in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut: where subsistence self-employment meets formal entrepreneurship

Authors: Aldene Meis Mason, Leo Paul Dana, Robert Brent Anderson

Addresses: University of Regina, Canada; University of Canterbury, New Zealand. ' University of Regina, Canada; University of Canterbury, New Zealand. ' University of Regina, Canada; University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Abstract: In Rankin Inlet, where formal enterprises are few, considerable entrepreneurial activity takes place in the informal sector. To supplement income, it is common to engage in subsistence self-employment such as hunting or fishing; food derived therefrom is shared but not sold. A road linking Rankin Inlet with the rest of Canada would allow freight to be transported from Manitoba to Rankin Inlet all year long, thereby reducing living costs in Rankin Inlet, and might possibly reduce dependence on subsistence hunting and fishing.

Keywords: Nunavut; Rankin Inlet; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial activity; self-employment; caribou; subsistence hunting; subsistence fishing; beadwork; Kivalliq Arctic Foods; Canada.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2009.021607

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2009 Vol.7 No.1, pp.1 - 23

Available online: 30 Nov 2008 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article