APC Launches Critical Research on Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development

For Immediate Release – May 12, 2014
APC Launches Critical Research on Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development
(Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
(APC) has released two volumes of research entitled Aboriginal Measures for Economic
Development and Aboriginal Knowledge for Economic Development.
The research was undertaken to improve the knowledge base concerning Atlantic Aboriginal
economic development in order to improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples in the region.
The books will be of special interest to academics and those engaged in Aboriginal program
“Within Atlantic Canada, we believe that there is limited data and research related to
Aboriginal economic development” said John Paul, Executive Director of APC. “This is the first
time we as Aboriginal people collectively in the Atlantic region produced critical information to
further the development of the right economic development initiatives for our future. This
research is now available to academics and the broader general public.”
The research was commissioned by APC through the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic
Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDRIP). APC worked closely with university
partners to coordinate, compile and edit the research within these two volumes of research.
The AAEDIRP is a unique partnership between the 37 member communities of the APC, the
Inuit of Labrador, and twelve Atlantic Canadian universities. The AAEDIRP receives core
funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) and the Nova Scotia
Office of Aboriginal Affairs.
The books provide results from research grounded in the daily lives of Aboriginal peoples in
the Atlantic region and seek to improve economic and communal well-being in meaningful and
enduring ways. “The protocols, ethics, and guidelines to consultation and community based
participation developed by Elders inform all aspects of our work” states Dr. Sharon Taylor,
MUN co-chair of the AAEDIRP and chair of the AAEDIRP research subcommittee.
APC partners with the following universities to conduct research, including the research
contained in these two volumes:
 Dalhousie University
 Cape Breton University
 Université de Moncton
 Mount Allison
 University of Prince
Edward Island
 Memorial University of
 St. Francis Xavier
 Mount Saint Vincent
 Saint Mary’s University
 Acadia University
 St. Thomas University
 University of New
Fernwood Publishing, a leading academic publisher in Atlantic Canada of books related to
First Nations issues, has published the two volumes of research and they are now available
for sale to academics and the general public.
The books are available for purchase through Fernwood Publishing at:
About APC
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat is a policy research and advocacy
organization that analyzes and develops culturally relevant alternatives to federal policy for 37
Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu communities and peoples.
For further information contact:
John G. Paul
Executive Director
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
Phone: 902-830-5023 (cell) or toll free 1-877-667-4007
Fax: 902-435-8027
About the Research:
The volume, Aboriginal Measures for Economic Development, explores differing
perspectives on economic development in relation to the social impacts these
perspectives may have on Atlantic Aboriginal communities. The tensions between
best practices and wise practices are highlighted, with a focus on wise practices that
continue to support economic development in the context of Atlantic Aboriginal regions
and communities.
The volume, Aboriginal Knowledge for Economic Development, focuses on the links
between language immersion, identity development, academic success, worldviews,
ethics, and economic progress. The volume also presents a report on an Elder’s
conference focused on Indigenous knowledge and economic development. What
emerges is an understanding of the centrality of language as the foundation for not
only academic success, but for strengthening connections between youth and their
culture and heritage. The inclusion of Elders and traditional teachers can provide
youth with a strong sense of their language and culture which may, in turn, inform
traditional beliefs, values and attitudes that enhance a sense of positive identity and
The authors use qualitative and quantitative methods to provide insights into the
importance of supporting and sustaining Indigenous languages and heritages. The
research results offer fertile ground for the development of programs and policies to
support Indigenous people in their efforts to address the challenges they face in
rejuvenating their knowledge, languages, cultures, and livelihoods.
All resources resulting from AAEDIRP research projects, including the final reports
from the research highlighted in these volumes, can be accessed at: