Participation in the Traditional Economy in Northern Saskatchewan: The 21st Century Landscape | Anohc Nehithawi Pimachesowin Ote Kiwetinohk Saskatchewan


  • Bonita Beatty University of Saskatchewan
  • Stan Yu University of Saskatchewan



Indigenous Economy, Traditional Economy, Blended Economy, Pimachesowin, Pimacihowin


This article discusses the resilience of the northern traditional economy. In northern Saskatchewan mitho-pimachesowin speaks to the freedom and capacity to make a good living. For northern Indigenous People, this includes participation in the traditional economy that reflects their culture, identity, and way of life. Most still blend their land-based livelihood activities (harvesting, trapping, commercial fishing) and other forms of revenue income to support their families and communities. This blended approach is an example of sustainable development that works, and it should be supported by all levels of government with strategic approaches and investments. This article is a chapter in the open textbook Indigenous Self-Determination through Mitho Pimachesowin (Ability to Make a Good Living), developed for the University of Saskatchewan course Indigenous Studies 410/810 and hosted by the Northern Review.

Author Biographies

Bonita Beatty, University of Saskatchewan

Department Head and Faculty Member, Indigenous Studies.
Deschambault Lake, Northern Saskatchewan, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
Guest Editor, The Northern Review 53

Stan Yu, University of Saskatchewan

Research and Communications Coordinator, Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives; former Research Associate, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development; settler living in Treaty 6 territory





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