PADM 5716 W - Economic and Community Development in Indigenous Territories

Web course
The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

Community economic development theories; the ethics, benefits and costs of traditional, current and new approaches pertinent to building stable economies in rural and urban Aboriginal settings.

In the past I’ve worked for First Nations organizations on a variety of environmental projects. I’ve observed that “development” often goes hand in hand with environmental destruction. In this course, we’ll be examining pathways for sustainable local development that prioritize Indigenous wellbeing, and strengthen Indigenous governance.

When it comes to conflict between environmental, social, and economic concerns related to development, non-Indigenous communities face many of the same concerns. I think this course will be of interest for anyone who wants to explore the possibilities and opportunities for community and economic development that do not rely on exploitation.

CRN for section W: 13961

Instructor: Heather Dorries

Heather Dorries

About the instructor: Heather joined the School of Public Policy and Administration in May 2015. She has research interests in the fields of indigenous policy and urban planning. She holds a BA from McGill University and a MScPl and PhD in Planning from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.

Urban planning has often been characterized as an idealistic, progressive profession that promotes equality and sustainability. Heather’s research interests arise from the dilemmas that confront planners in light of the field’s commitment to social justice on the one hand, and the ways that planning processes are implicated in the erosion of Indigenous sovereignty and the creation of conflicts over urban land use and development in Canada.

Heather has previously worked as a researcher specializing in environmental planning and Indigenous knowledge systems. She has completed projects on Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental assessment, source water protection, and environmental contaminants for the Chiefs of Ontario and Environment Canada.

After completing her graduate studies, Heather worked as an assistant professor in geography at McMaster University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Environment and Sustainability Program in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Carleton, Heather worked for the City of Toronto as Toronto urban fellow, where she conducted research on policies to support the well-being of children and families using a social determinants of health approach.

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