Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships

Nehiyawak Narratives

By Shalene Wuttunee Jobin
Categories: Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Canadian Political Science
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774865104, 272 pages, February 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774865258, 272 pages, February 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774865302, 272 pages, February 2023

Table of contents


1 Grounding Methods

2 Grounding Economic Relationships

3 nehiyawak Peoplehood and Relationality

4 Canada’s Genesis Story

5 ᐃᐧᐦᑎᑯᐤ Warnings of Insatiable Greed

6 Indigenous Women’s Lands and Bodies

7 Theorizing Cree Economic and Governing Relationships

8 Colonial Dissonance

9 Principles Guiding Cree Economic Relationships

10 Renewed Relationships through Resurgent Practices

11 Upholding Relations


Glossary of Cree Terms

Notes; References; Index


What is the relationship between economic progress in the land now called Canada and the exploitation of Indigenous peoples? And what gifts embedded within Indigenous world views speak to miyo‐pimâtisiwin ᒥᔪ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ (the good life), and specifically to good economic relations? Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships draws on the knowledge systems of the nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ (Cree people) to explain settler colonialism through the lens of economic exploitation. This groundbreaking study employs previously overlooked Indigenous economic theories and relationships as tools that enable us to reimagine how we can aspire to the good life with all our relations.