An Innovative Opportunity? Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Pedagogical Possibilities for Indigenous Learners


  • Katharine McGowan Bissett School of Business Mount Royal University



Indigenous business, Social innovation, Pedagogy, Indigenous higher education, Business education / Affaires autochtones, Innovation sociale, Pédagogie, Études avancées autochtones, Éducation en commerce


The need to indigenize curriculum in Canada is pressing. Education, however, is fraught and complex. Questions have been asked about the accessibility and applicability of traditional class-based educational paradigms and subject matter. Based on the limited courses currently on offer in Canada, the emergent social-innovation pedagogy seems to bear several points of sympathy or commonality with Indigenous pedagogies, including emphasis on experiential learning, reflection, and collaborative work. Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing cannot and should not be slotted into a Eurocentric educational paradigm. This article will begin to explore this possible pedagogical sympathy—an overlap between the two knowledge systems—with the support of a group of Indigenous business students interested in social innovation as a tool to help them build the resilience of their communities.

Il existe au Canada un besoin pressant d’autochtoniser le curriculum. Il n’est pourtant pas toujours simple et facile de modifier le système éducatif, même si certains ont déjà mis en doute l’accessibilité et la pertinence du cours didactique traditionnel. À cet égard, on peut remarquer plusieurs affinités—y compris un accent mis sur l’apprentissage, la réflexion et le travail de collaboration par l’expérience—entre les pédagogies autochtones et la pédagogie émergente d’innovation sociale, malgré le nombre limité de cours de ce type offerts au Canada actuellement. Les pédagogies et manières de savoir autochtones ne peuvent pas, et ne devraient pas, être insérées dans un paradigme eurocentrique. Cet article entame l’exploration des affinités entre les deux systèmes de savoir en consultant des étudiants en commerce autochtones intéressés par l’innovation sociale comme outil pouvant les aider à rendre leurs communautés plus résilientes.


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