Descent, Culture, and Self-Determination: States and the Definition of Indigenous Peoples

aboriginal policy studies

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Title Descent, Culture, and Self-Determination: States and the Definition of Indigenous Peoples
Creator de Costa, Ravi

Description Canada’s concept of “status” – the definition of who is an Aboriginal person under the Indian Act – has its analogies in the administrative practices of many countries. However, the European colonial expansion produced great variety, with contemporary states now relying on multiple categories of definition; descent from an enrolled historical population is often arbitrarily combined with particular cultural or demographic attributes. Effective activism has, in recent decades, pushed states towards policies of Indigenous self-definition. However, this remains constrained and uneven. While the initial goal here is a critical survey of definitions of Indigenous status in the “settler states” of Australia, New Zealand/Aotearoa and the US, the paper examines practices in Latin America, Scandinavia and Russia as well as Asia and Africa. It concludes with a discussion about ongoing challenges for state practices of definition, including the implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Publisher Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Date 2014-06-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source aboriginal policy studies; Vol 3, No 3 (2014): ABORIGINAL POLICY STUDIES
Language eng

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