Indigenous Self-Determination

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.

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.

From Standing Rock to Resistance in Context: Towards Anarchism against Settler Colonialism

Adam Lewis • Feb 1 2017 • Articles

Anarchists need to engage with Indigenous peoples and communities who are already resisting capitalism, colonialism and the state in their areas.

Self-Determination, Relational Autonomy, and Transnational Mediation

Roderic Pitty • Jun 1 2014 • Articles

The main obstacle to restoring Indigenous self-determination is that governments face only occasional external pressure to uphold the principles of the UN Declaration.

Implementing Indigenous Self-Determination: The Case of the Sámi in Norway

Else Grete Broderstad • May 30 2014 • Articles

A relational approach is required because the strengthening of indigenous political participation depends on greater space for dialogue and shared understandings.

Māori Self-determination and a Liberal Theory of Indigeneity

Dominic O'Sullivan • May 30 2014 • Articles

Liberal democracy succeeds only when people have reason to share confidence in the system’s capacity to distribute power and authority fairly, reasonably, & inclusively.

China & the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Tibetan Case

Michael C. Davis • May 27 2014 • Articles

Until China acknowledges its international obligations and stops using sovereignty as a shield, the deplorable human rights situation in Tibet seems destined to continue.

Revitalizing African Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Knowledge Production

Hassan O. Kaya • May 26 2014 • Articles

A generic application of foreign ways of knowing and knowledge production – including technology systems in African cultural conditions – is inappropriate.

Knowledge, Technology, and the Pragmatic Dimensions of Self-Determination

Marisa Elena Duarte • May 23 2014 • Articles

Indigenous uses of ICTs are about connecting to homelands, strengthening ways of knowing, disseminating ideas about what it takes to survive, resist, and transform.

Self-Determination as Anti-Extractivism: How Indigenous Resistance Challenges IR

Manuela Lavinas Picq • May 21 2014 • Articles

Indigeneity is a valuable approach to understanding world politics as much as it is a critical concept to move beyond state-centrism in International Relations.

Self-Determination: A Perspective from Abya Yala

Emilio del Valle Escalante • May 20 2014 • Articles

In their approaches to indigenous rights, both the EZLN and MAS allow us to critically explore what is at stake in our efforts to overcome (neo)colonialism.

Tibetan Self-Determination: A Stark Choice for an Abandoned People

Rob Dickinson • May 18 2014 • Articles

Tibetans have been abandoned to their fate. Neither the USA nor Russia wish to set the agenda and engage directly with China over self-rule for the indigenous Tibetans.

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