Title: Getting ready for oil and gas development in Canada's Northwest Territories: aboriginal entrepreneurship and economic development

Authors: Aldene H. Meis Mason; Leo-Paul Dana; Robert B. Anderson

Addresses: Faculty of Business, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 0A2, Canada. ' Faculty of Management, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8149, New Zealand. ' Faculty of Business, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 0A2, Canada

Abstract: This case study uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine Inuit and First Nations perspectives and initiatives to foster sustainable entrepreneurship and economic development related to the forthcoming Mackenzie Gas Pipeline in Canada's Northwest Territories. The 1,220-kilometer pipeline will connect the Mackenzie Delta to the Alberta Oil Sands and North American markets. These findings will be of interest to business, government and Indigenous leaders involved in resource development. Key aspects include self-government and land claim agreements, approaches to entrepreneurship and economic development, sustainable development, human resource development initiatives, business service support and increased participation of women and Aboriginal peoples.

Keywords: indigenous peoples; aboriginal people; Northern America; Canada; entrepreneurship; economic development; oil and gas; resource management; sustainable development; sustainability; corporate social responsibility; CSR; globalisation; Arctic; Inuit; First Nations; gas pipelines; self-government; land claim agreements; human resource development; HRD; business service support; female participation; women.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2012.047434

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2012 Vol.16 No.3, pp.242 - 266

Published online: 14 Aug 2014 *

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