EXTENDED DEADLINE - SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS: Decolonizing Inequities: Indigenous self-sustenance in a social economy


SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Decolonizing Inequities: Indigenous self-sustenance in a social economy

This special issue of ANSERJ considers the National Truth & Reconciliation’s Calls to Action as the driver for the submissions. Particularly relevant is the 92nd action item calling for "equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects" (TRC, 2015). Transformative action is needed to decolonize the economy for Indigenous self-sustenance.

Canada’s colonial legacy continues to pose many barriers to economic stability for Indigenous people in Canada. The social economy is increasingly viewed as a space to challenge oppressive and hegemonic barriers through respectful social interactions with a community focus. Social enterprises typically focus on marginalized populations, including Indigenous peoples in Canada, who face many forms of discrimination. These social enterprises should not only consider “people, planet and profit” but also cultural well-being for Indigenous people and the decolonization of all people.

Indigenous communities are under pressure to conform to an unsustainable, capitalist market economy that destroys Indigenous territory and traditional culture. An Indigenist approach to the social economy offers a departure from colonial capitalism. Many Indigenous social enterprises are currently building local capacity to revitalize Indigenous culture and communities while stewarding their ancestral territory for ecological integrity. Community development offers economic renewal based on Indigenous social priorities, such as building culturally-appropriate homes to resolve the housing crisis on reserves and urban centres. Local people building homes in their Indigenous communities would make "housing a source of community healing and economic renewal" (RCAP, 1996. 3-341).  Overcrowded housing is a crisis in many Indigenous communities, with 37 percent of First Nations people living in unsuitable housing, which is four times the rate for non-Indigenous Canadians (Statistics Canada, 2016). Addressing the housing crisis in First Nations and other inequities faced by Indigenous people, a regenerative Indigenist social economy is needed.

This special issue explores how an Indigenist social economy can decolonize, eradicate inequities and rebuild Indigenous self-sustenance. Indigenous methodologies and the arts (e.g., photo essays, timelines, poetry, reviews, profiles, art, cartoons and other contributions) are encouraged.

Possible submission topics include:

  • Resource and land sovereignty for Indigenous wealth creation
  • Indigenous access to debt and equity capital
  • Modernizing lands management regimes for reserves
  • Capacity-building for community economic development
  • Investment in infrastructure funding on reserves
  • Resource and land sovereignty for Indigenous wealth creation
  • Indigenous access to debt and equity capital and philanthropy
  • Indigenous social enterprises addressing structural injustice
  • Traditional and mixed economies.
  • Decolonizing wealth
  • Reconciliation actions for economic growth
  • Solving the houselessness of Indigenous peoples
  • Indigenous knowledge in community economic development
  • Work-integrated social economies for Indigenous youth
  • Indigenous impact benefit agreements that build a social economy
  • A green new and self-determination deal for Indigenous peoples

Guest Editors: Myrle Ballard, James Queskekapow, Stewart Hill, Trea StormHunter, Anita Olsen Harper, and Shirley Thompson

Submission deadline: Papers and artwork should be submitted by December 15th, 2021. All material must be submitted through the online submission portal of Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale. www.anserj.ca  Some submissions may go through a complementary review process that recognizes the journal’s commitment to decolonizing knowledge.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online to the ANSERJ portal https://anserj.ca/index.php/cjnser. Please ensure you select the correct special issue when submitting your paper. For more information, contact Shirley Thompson s.thompson@umanitoba.ca or Jorge Sousa (Special Issues Editor, ANSERJ) sousa@ualberta.ca

Oral Translations for this Call for Submissions are available in Anishinaabe and Ininew.