This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complicated power relations surrounding the recognition and implementation of Indigenous Peoples’ rights at multiple scales.

The adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 was heralded as the beginning of a new era for Indigenous Peoples’ participation in global governance bodies, as well as for the realization of their rights – in particular, the right to self-determination. These rights are defined and agreed upon internationally, but must be enacted at regional, national, and local scales. Can the global movement to promote Indigenous Peoples’ rights change the experience of communities at the local level? Or are the concepts that it mobilizes, around rights and political tools, essentially a discourse circulating internationally, relatively disconnected from practical situations? Are the categories and processes associated with Indigenous Peoples simply an extension of colonial categories and processes, or do they challenge existing norms and structures? This collection draws together the works of anthropologists, political scientists, and legal scholars to address such questions. Examining the legal, historical, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the Indigenous Peoples' rights movement, at global, regional, national, and local levels, the chapters present a series of case studies that reveal the complex power relations that inform the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples to secure their human rights.

The book will be of interest to social scientists and legal scholars studying Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and international human rights movements in general.

chapter |21 pages

Indigenous peoples’ rights

Global circulation, colonial heritage, and resistance

part I|30 pages

Circulating between the scales

chapter 1|112 pages

Participation of indigenous peoples in issues affecting them

A matter of negotiation at the United Nations

chapter 2|32 pages

Defining the terms of indigenous peoples’ rights in Namibia

The role of the International Labor Organization

chapter 3|20 pages

Indigenous peoples’ rights and policies

The role of the UN in Mexico

chapter 4|31 pages

Traversing the scales of rights

Interventions from indigenous peoples of Cambodia at the United Nations

part II|82 pages

Colonial legacies

chapter 5|26 pages

Colonial legacy and public policy

From primitive to indigenous in French Guiana (1930–present) 1

chapter 6|19 pages

Decoloniality put to the test

The Plurinational State of Bolivia

chapter 7|20 pages

Leveraging international power

Private property and the human rights of indigenous peoples in Canada

chapter 8|15 pages

The logic of elimination in (post-)colonial law

Indigenous entanglements in the Kimberley region of Australia 1

part III|64 pages

Resisting processes of invisibilization

chapter 10|25 pages

Burning a home that “doesn’t exist,” arresting people who “aren’t there”

A critique of eviction-based conservation and the Sengwer of Embobut forest, Kenya

chapter 11|16 pages

Redefining university research enterprises

Partnership and collaboration in Laxyuup Gitxaała