Economic History, Indigenous North America and the Path to Economic Resurgence


In this talk, Dr. Donna Feir will discuss selected aspects of Indigenous economic systems in pre-contact North America, the economic impacts of colonization, and the modern economic challenges and opportunities Indigenous nations are confronting. Dr. Feir will also share her thoughts on what economists can contribute to Indigenous resurgence, reconciliation, and the revitalization of Indigenous economies.

Donna Feir

Donna Feir is an economist and economic historian who has published on reconciliation, the impact of historic policies on Indigenous economies, and modern experiences. Donna is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria’s Economics Department, a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Donna received her PhD from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, and is a non-Indigenous person from Treaty Seven.


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