Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-20
  • Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr
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Based on personal experience, James (Sa¿ke¿j) Youngblood Henderson documents the generation-long struggle that led ultimately to the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly. Henderson puts the Declaration and the struggles of Indigenous peoples in a wider context, outlining the rise of international law and how it was shaped by European ideas, the rise of the United Nations, and post-World War II agreements focusing on human rights. Henderson analyzes the provisions of the Declaration and comments on the impact of other international agreements on Indigenous peoples. He concludes with his view of what must be done to give the Declaration its full force for Indigenous peoples around the world, and what it means for Canada. The full text of the Declaration and selected excerpts of other key international agreements are included.

Author Biography

James Youngblood Henderson is the research director of the Native Law Centre of Canada and teaches Aboriginal law at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
The Legacy of Empirep. 13
The Failure of Decolonization for the Indigenous Othersp. 24
The Convergence of Indigenous Diplomacyp. 29
Communications with the UN Human Rights Committeep. 37
The UN Working Group on Indigenous Populationsp. 41
Indigenous Diplomacy in other International Forumsp. 55
The Indigenous Declaration in the Governments' Working Groupp. 64
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoplesp. 74
Implementation Quandariesp. 90
Being a Self-Determining Humanp. 100
Notesp. 104
Appendicesp. 149
Indexp. 234
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