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Native Studies professor sees a big future for Indigenous business and economy – UM Today

Meet Indigenous Scholar Dr. Wanda Wuttunee.

April 15, 2019 —

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee is a professor in the Native studies department and a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation. Though she never lived on reserve, she focuses her research on community decision-making around economic development in Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

“I didn’t really have a clear career path,” she says, but excitedly adds, “This research makes me jump up every morning and look forward to my day.”

Wuttunee describes Aboriginal economy as a subset of mainstream economy. “Most Canadians don’t realize that Indigenous people are included in almost every aspect of the economy,” she says. Indigenous contributions includes infrastructure, goods and services, production and business. It also includes band-owned businesses, cooperatives and social enterprise. “We have diversity in economic participation and we are active in every major industry.”

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