Working with Indigenous Peoples
to realize a more prosperous future through
optimal land and resource management
University of Saskachewan

Indigenous Land Management Institute (ILMI)

Research Areas

The research program of ILMI addresses the applied research needs of  Indigenous communities in the area of land and resource management. Our research program reflects the expressed needs of Indigenous Nations for relevant and practical information that can inform policy-making, support self-determined resource management objectives, and enhance Indigenous resource-management practices. The ILMI concentrates on three major areas of study: land-based wealth creation; environmental and community sustainability; and governance of land and resources.

Theme I: Wealth Creation

Wealth creation can be most readily conceptualized as a process by which Indigenous peoples are able to improve their overall standard of living. Research in this area includes:

  • The identification of obstacles and opportunities in developing new business development enterprises.
  • Research related to the maintenance of hybrid or mixed economies, with a particular focus on the subsistence sector and the sustainable utilization of wildlife resources.
  • Best-Practices for industry-community partnerships, particularly in the agricultural, energy, forestry and mining sectors.

Theme II: Environmental and Community Sustainability

Research conducted under Theme II examines the links between growth, innovation and the sustainability of Indigenous communities. Research conducted under this theme explores methods for incorporating Aboriginal values, rights, and knowledge into environmental management processes. This includes the recognition of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) as critical components of sustainable environmental management.

Theme III: Governance of Land

Research conducted under Theme III focuses on developing and evaluating institutional structures and processes leading to sustainable Indigenous land management institutions. By focusing on governance issues and decision-making processes, research will identify the historical conditions and cultural precedents inherent in Indigenous governance and land management systems while considering the nature and effectiveness of contemporary Indigenous land management systems.

Research in this area will examine:

  • The future of communal land ownership in the 21st century.
  • The institutional, administrative, financial, and representation models that help and\or hinder Indigenous land management systems.
  • The jurisdictional and policy frameworks through which Indigenous governments must negotiate in order to operationalize land management systems. 
  • How Indigenous peoples can secure management responsibility and then put local practices into operation.