Understanding the Economy of Remote Aboriginal Communities

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Learn about the challenges and monetary drivers in Remote Aboriginal Communities, the historical influences and healthy ways forward to include local Aboriginal people in economic development.

Learning pathways are a series of articles and other content that help you to learn about a topic in more detail. 

We would love to make it more dynamic but for now use this page as a reference to follow the links below, in order, to work through this little course.

  1. Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities Part 1 – History
  2. Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities Part 2 – Today’s Economy.
  3. Understanding Indigenous ‘Poverty’ and comments on applying micro credit (relevant to point 4.5 below).
  4. The following articles explore the 5 key considerations for creating real local economies and jobs in Aboriginal Communities
      1. Motivation: A local economy grows from personal motivation and energy, it cannot be built from outside. Read:
      2. Supporting Motivation: Human support is required to overcome cultural and bureaucratic barriers where motivation exists. Read:
      3. Primary production: The basis of any real economy come from the land and is driven by local ownership. Read:
      4. Flexibility: Adjusting conditions appropriately for the pioneering and unique circumstances of remote communities. Read:
      5. Appropriate Financial Aid: Subsidies are the best mechanisms of financial aid to support fledgling enterprises. Read

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