Indigenous People

Interview – Rafael Bittencourt

E-International Relations • Mar 27 2020 • Features
Rafael Bittencourt explains the concept of buen vivir, its influence on policy-making in Bolivia and Ecuador, and assesses the recent upheavals in Chile and Ecuador.

The UN as Both Foe and Friend to Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination

Sheryl Lightfoot and David MacDonald • Mar 12 2020 • Articles
The UN, created to uphold the sovereignty of states, has become a vehicle for Indigenous peoples to organise in favour of their rights.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Indigenous Perspectives and the Buffalo Treaty

Jeff Corntassel and Marc Woons • Sep 22 2019 • Student Features
Developments within IR highlight the struggle of Indigenous peoples to maintain their place-based existence so that their lands, cultures, communities and relationships will flourish for generations to come.

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Ananya Sharma • Jun 18 2019 • Features
This handbook challenges the disciplinary fortress of IR and opens up a world of investigatory possibilities by equating post-colonial politics with global politics.

Decolonizing Borders

Liam Midzain-Gobin • Jan 12 2019 • Articles
Borders are effective at constructing an ‘us’ on the inside, which is bound together through a collective narrative to the exclusion of ‘them’ outside.

Indigenous Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Jeff Corntassel and Marc Woons • Jan 23 2018 • Articles
Indigenous efforts challenge state-centric views to include different ways of understanding relations between peoples, the natural world and the planet.

The Colonial Politics of Recognition in Trudeau’s Relationship with Indigenous Nations

Devin Zane Shaw and Veldon Coburn • Sep 7 2017 • Articles
Trudeau recognizes Indigenous peoples not as territorial-based nations, but as historically oppressed cultural groups requiring state protection.

International Relations of ‘A Tribe Called Red’

Ajay Parasram • Jul 25 2017 • Articles
Turtle Island–based electric-pow-wow superstars, A Tribe Called Red, allows students and scholars of IR to experience what a decolonial IR might look and sound like.

Colonial Animality: Canadian Colonialism and the Human-Animal Relationship

Azeezah Kanji • Jul 3 2017 • Articles
De-anthropocentricizing ventures that do not decolonize are perilous, for neither non-human nor human colonial subjects can be ‘recognized’ into liberation.

What Do We Mean by ‘Local People’? The Palestinian Case.

Patricia J. Sohn • Jun 23 2017 • Articles
In the West Bank and Gaza, municipal leaders do truly thankless and heroic tasks every day.  Let them represent their people.

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