In recent years we have seen a flurry in academic writing and policy developments regarding Indigenous entrepreneurship by the descendants of settler society. We have witnessed few examples of self-determination driven by Indigenous groups. Likewise research in recent years on Indigenous entrepreneurship has not been developed by the Indigenous voice. During this same period the conservative government with their dramatic changes to the delivery of Indigenous services over the last decade has effectively anesthetised the development of the nascent Indigenous entrepreneur. Indigenous research issues will be explored. Whilst this subjugation of the development of Indigenous human capital has occurred, where has the academy’s strength gone? Why has it lay silent? Or have we seen the development of another problem. Some are well-meaning (others possibly suffer from ignorance); the writings of the non-indigenous academics who stifle the Indigenous voice on what is Indigenous entrepreneurship will also be explored. This paper is a critical analysis of Indigenous entrepreneurship discourse from the Indigenous standpoint. If we can understand the discourse then we can begin to look at alternative programs to strengthen and rebuild the research methodology resulting in positive outcomes for those Indigenous people who wish to engage with the commercial sector. We can begin to re-establish the discipline that is Indigenous entrepreneurship.
20th SEAANZ Conference, 2007. 2007 SEAANZ Conference Proceedings (Manukau City, New Zealand 23-26 September, 2007)