Responding to a Deeply Bifurcated World. Indigenous Diplomacies in the 21st Century
J. Marshall Beier (Ed.) Indigenous Diplomacies. Springer, 2009, pp. 207-224. ISBN: 978-1-349-37757-2 (Print) 978-0-230-10227-9 (Online)
Posted: 29 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 23, 2016
The final ratification of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in November 2007 marked a certain culmination of the re-configuring of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and colonizing states over several decades. It represents the triumph of the determination, persistence and agency of Indigenous peoples who have struggled unceasingly to win recognition of their rights and of injustices perpetuated through acts of imperialism which many argue continue today. It also drew a line in the sand between states who choose to acknowledge the rights of Indigenous peoples to be recognized and identified as having specific rights within international law, and those who refuse to recognize these rights outside of their juridical frameworks. the intersection of particular global and local interests is redefining Indigenous diplomacies and ontologies in ways that have important political and ethical consequences and which are notably bifurcated. Overarching these bifurcations are rapid and significant changes to the national and international juridical frameworks, particularly with regard to juridical interpretations of self-determination and rights. These points of bifurcation are explored in this chapter which argues for the re-locating of Indigenous philosophies and ontologies at the centre of Indigenous diplomacies.
Keywords: Indigenous rights, diplomacy, international law, self-determination, United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
JEL Classification: N40, P16, P48
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