Participation in economic activity can be in many forms:
- Employment, whether casual, part time or full time
- Self-Employment, including working for one client to multiple clients
- Social Enterprises which have both social and economic outcomes
- Commercial enterprise as a micro business, a small business or a corporate business
People are at the centre of all these various forms.
In our three decades operating between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and entities, we have constantly had to facilitate the collision that occurs between Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and the legal and economic constructs of the western world. We call this the difference between a relational based culture and a transactional based culture.
The challenge is how to allow Indigenous people to determine how they might want to retain their culture (and to what degree) but still be able to participate in a modern economy.
Advancing Indigenous authority and responsibility
Walk Together is a program that has been developed by CSC over the past twenty years and provides proven principles, processes and practices that advance Aboriginal authority and responsibility. At the same time, advancing Indigenous authority and responsibility does not mean the abrogation of non-Indigenous authority and responsibility. Both are essential to beneficial outcomes for all cultures and this philosophy has wide application, including participation in economic activity.
There are three key tools used in Walk Together:
- A set of eight guiding principles
- A consistent philosophy for negotiation between different cultures called Mutual Ways
- A pathway and risk management tool called the Strategic Action Framework (SAF)
Each of these can be viewed on the Collaborative Systemic Change website: www.cscpl.net
The key to using Walk Together is to come to understand that culture difference is not an obstacle to progress. Different cultures each bring positive ideals and ideas and by operating and negotiating in what we call “the intercultural space”, mutually agreed ways of operating can be established to achieve mutually agreed goals.