Igniting the $100 billion Indigenous economy
It is time. It is time to increase the visibility, role, and responsibility of the emerging modern Indigenous economy and the people involved. This is the foundation for economic reconciliation. This is Indigenomics.
Indigenomics lays out the tenets of the emerging Indigenous economy, built around relationships, multigenerational stewardship of resources, and care for all. Highlights include:
Indigenomics calls for a new model of development, one that advances Indigenous self-determination, collective well-being, and reconciliation. This is vital reading for business leaders and entrepreneurs, Indigenous organizations and nations, governments and policymakers, and economists.
Audience: Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, corporations, government, local communities, economic development, and new economy interest groups.
Regional: Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Washington, DC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Wyoming
International: This book is centered within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and will be of interest of people working with Indigenous peoples globally, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South America.
Canada: National Indigenous Economic Development Board report “Reconciliation: Growing Canada's Economy by $27.7 Billion” that outlines how, if all Indigenous peoples had employment, income, education, and yes, poverty rates comparable to that of all Canadians, Canada's GDP would grow by 1.5% or $27.7 billion.
There are 1.4 million people in Canada (or 4% of the Canadian population) who identify as Indigenous.
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA, is founder of the Indigenomics Institute, which is focused on the economic empowerment of Indigenous peoples to design their own futures and fully realize the potential of the emerging Indigenous economy. She is a Hesquiaht woman of Nuu chah nulth descent from the west coast of Vancouver Island and is from the house of Mam'aayutch, a chief's house, a name which means “on the edge.” Hilton is the first generation out of Canadian residential schools, fifth generation since the existence of the Indian Act, and comes from over 10,000 years of the potlatch tradition of giving and demonstration of wealth and relationship. She is deeply connected to focusing on building a collective reality that centers Indigenous peoples in social and cultural well-being and economic empowerment today and is leading the evolution of Canada's $100 billion Indigenous economy. An advisor to governments, business, and First Nations, she lives in Victoria, BC. indigenomicsinstitute.com
"Indigenomics is the anti-thesis of Adam Smith's 1776 The Wealth of Nations, which has been the dominant economic theology of free-market capitalism and the codex of colonization. Carol Anne Hilton has authored one of the most important books of our economic era providing a new yet ancient Indigenous framework for building economies of well-being. Indigenomics represents a pragmatic framework for decision making, policy development, monetary policy, and budgeting that places collective economic well-being, relationships, and Indigenous laws at the heart of wise governance. Indigenomics reflects how Canada (Kanata), meaning "sacred or pure land," was intended to be prior to colonization. Like The Wealth of Nations, I feel that Hilton's work will shape global economics for many generations."
— Mark Anielski, economist and author, The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth and An Economy of Well-Being: Common-sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness
"This book is well overdue. Hilton is a visionary who situates how and why Indigenous worldviews are important to enhancing the modern economy. Indigenomics provides an anti-colonial lens to reframe narratives about Indigenous entrepreneurship, business leadership, health, and well-being."
— Dr. Jacqueline Quinless, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria
"Indigenomics is the concept the world has been waiting for. As the failure of old fashioned linear economic models becomes increasingly evident, Carol Anne Hilton showcases regenerative models based on Indigenous wisdom, both social and spiritual — the "economy of consciousness" — that represent pathways of possibility that are essential if humanity is to survive."
— Amanda Ellis, Director, Global Partnerships, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University
"A deep bow for Carol Anne Hilton and all the other Indigenous angels of our time! What an inspiring source of wisdom for how to be in the world in the fullness of our humanity. What a powerful guide to building an inclusive economy and serving a new balance between the souls of all living creatures, economics, and nature."
— Ivo Valkenburg, co-founder New Financial Activators
"Carol Anne Hilton's writing tells an intergenerational narrative, from an Indigenous economy, to the rise of Wiindigo Economics, and to the resurgence of Indigenous. Her analysis illustrating the foundational differences between Industrial and Indigenous economics is insightful and clear, allowing a reader to contemplate what are more than surface differences. Hilton's work reaffirms the significance of relationship economics, AKA to be just and fair to all the relatives, and the centrality of Indigenous thinking to the next economy, the one we must restore and create — the green path — as opposed to the scorched path. Her words clearly illustrate that Indigenomics is the path for the future. As we move through the portal of this time, knowing that pandemics change our world, let's walk through to a path of restorative economics, founded on land, spirit, and the reality of Mother Earth's wealth, which is our responsibility to acknowledge and respect. Her book is essential core material for the next class of economists. The time of Keynesian economic analysis has passed, along with the empire. The time of cooperation is here."
— Winona LaDuke, executive director, Honor the Earth
"Immense gratitude for Indigenomics. With our world in crisis, Carol Anne Hilton shows us how to view economic and social values through an Indigenous lens. For thousands of years First Nations people have held the knowledge of the ancestors and the great laws of nature, which govern all life. With this deep understanding and masterful rigor, Carol Anne takes us step by step across a bridge to the future, where economics, productivity, and prosperity are guided by the innate and universal values of our humanity, which is one with all creation."
— Tracey Anne Cooper, creator and producer, Beyond Crisis Webinar Series
"In the tradition of an "economic philosopher" Ms. Hilton has read the times in which we live in and is reframing the dialogue on nation building with Indigenous Peoples' place at the economic table — advancing Indigenous worldviews, human values, and relationships as new constructs for change. Now it is our collective responsibility to advance meaningful employment and economic inclusion strategies, and outcomes."
— Kelly J Lendsay, President and CEO, Indigenous Works
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