Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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Aboriginal Ethics: Traditional and Contemporary

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_328-2



Aboriginal Ethics were traditionally based on understandings of how relationships with the people within and between different groups and nations and with all the life forms can be created and maintained, with the focus on preserving positive relationships of respect for all life forms. The tradition of respect for one’s own and neighboring Nations was and is part of Aboriginal Ethics for Indigenous peoples on all the continents on earth, including Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and South America. While the Aboriginal peoples in all these different areas throughout the world have their own concepts and practices of Aboriginal Ethics, they were all based on their kin-based societies and the concept that one needs to maintain positive relationships with all their neighbors and all life forms. While we refer to Aboriginal ethical practices around...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Deborah C. Poff
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  1. 1.Leading with IntegrityOttawaCanada