What Makes First Nations Enterprises Successful? Lessons from the Harvard Project

Jan. 1, 2005
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Today is a time of economic rebirth for Aboriginal people in Canada. The federal government has committed billions of dollars to Aboriginal business initiatives, and courts are actively settling a range of claims. Innovative business models, new forms of property, and daring ventures and partnerships flourish across Canada, with many more planned.

This tremendous growth has created a huge need for specialists in Aboriginal law. LexisNexis® Butterworths Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Development is the first comprehensive treatment of the unique legal issues that arise in Aboriginal transactions. It provides a practical, hands-on look at what has happened, what opportunities exist, and where the law is headed.

Contributors include experienced practitioners and foremost academics of Aboriginal law from Canada and the United States.

Coverage centres on four critical areas:

  • Aboriginal entrepreneurship, joint ventures, and investments
  • Rights issues
  • Intellectual and cultural property rights
  • Resource development rights

With this foundation you will be able to provide maximum value to Aboriginal clients and communities:

  • Understand trends in Aboriginal rights and directions for the future
  • Help Aboriginal people to structure enterprise and design impact and benefit agreements
  • Protect Aboriginal intellectual property
  • Assist Aboriginal people to participate more effectively in joint ventures


Cornell, Stephen. 2005. "What Makes First Nations Enterprises Successful? Lessons from the Harvard Project." In Legal Aspects of Aboriginal Business Development, edited by Joseph Eliot Magnet and Chief Dwight A. Dorey, 51-65. Toronto: LexisNexis Canada.

Stephen Cornell

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