It's not just identity, language, and song. It's about fundamental well-being and community, which includes economics.


The Alliance for Renewing Indigenous Economies is a joint project of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at Canterbury University, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

You share the goals of the Alliance for Renewing Indigenous Economies if you support:

  • Secure land rights for indigenous peoples;
  • Self-government for indigenous communities who want to exercise jurisdiction over their land and people; and
  • Fiscal independence that allows each tribal government to set their own priorities and meet their community’s particular goals and needs.

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Must I be indigenous to join the Alliance?
No. While the Alliance for Indigenous Economies is indigenous led, we welcome everyone who shares our goals and priorities.

By joining the Alliance, am I telling indigenous communities what to do?
No. While the Alliance for Indigenous Economies supports economic development and self-government in all indigenous communities everywhere, we recognize and respect that not all indigenous communities will want to adopt or adapt our tools for their communities.

Does the Alliance want to end all federal financial support for indigenous peoples?
No. While the Alliance works to empower indigenous communities as they strive for self-sufficiency, we believe that federal governments must fulfill their obligations (treaty and otherwise) and maintain programs designed to help indigenous people and communities who are still working to recover from decades of unjust policies.

Do words like “sovereignty” and “self-government” mean the Alliance wants to overthrow existing governments?
No. Just as states, provinces, and municipalities have their own jurisdiction over local matters, tribal (or indigenous) jurisdiction is about recognizing the right of indigenous communities to make their own decisions about their lands and people in a way that is consistent with their culture and belief systems. We support reciprocal respect and recognition of jurisdictions that allows tribal governments to peacefully negotiate and cooperate with other governments.

What does “self-sufficiency for indigenous communities” mean?
The Alliance is committed to interdependence, the idea that indigenous communities should be able to rebuild the strong networks of trade that existed pre-contact, and that indigenous communities should be able to fully participate in and benefit from modern market economies.


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