Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights

2014, 247 pp
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Indigenous rights are generally conceptualized and advocated separately from the human rights framework. The contributors to Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights, however, deftly and powerfully argue that Indigenous rights are in fact human rights and that the fundamental human rights of Indigenous people cannot be protected without the inclusion of their Indigenous rights, which are suppressed and oppressed by the forces of racism and colonialism. Drawing on a wealth of experience and blending critical theoretical frameworks and a close knowledge of domestic and international law on human rights, the authors in this collection show that settler states such as Canada persist in violating and failing to acknowledge Indigenous human rights. Furthermore, settler states are obligated to respect and animate these rights, despite the evident tensions in political and economic interests between elite capitalists, settler citizens and Indigenous peoples.

"Some say Indigenous rights aren't human rights, fearful that the "universalizing" tendencies of such discourse will actually undermine the rights that rightly belong to Indigenous nations as First Peoples. Joyce and her fellow contributors respond to this critique, carefully arguing that Indigenous rights understood within a human rights framework is not a concession to colonialism, but one of our best tools to resist the ongoing violence of settler-colonial states like Canada." - Steve Heinrichs, Director, Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations

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