This topic explores the history, issues, and policy responses surrounding indigenous peoples. Countries of focus can include Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Malaysia, and many others. Important aspects include cultural values, cultural diversity within individual countries, relationships with governments, demographic change, inequality, and more.
Topic Learning Outcome: Students will be able to analyze and critique policy choices that are intended to improve the social and economic outcomes of indigenous peoples in advanced democracies.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Aboriginal; Inherent Right to Self-Government; Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples; The Crown’s Fiduciary Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples.
University of Toronto: PPG 1005H The Social Context of Policy-Making
Alcantara, C. (2007) “Explaining Aboriginal Treaty Negotiation Outcomes in Canada: the Cases of the Inuit and the Innu in Labrador,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 40, No. 1: 185-207
Kuokkanen, R. (2011) "From Indigenous Economies to Market-Based Self-Governance: A Feminist Political Economy Analysis," Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 44, No. 2: 275-297
Matè, Gabor. (2008) Chapter 1: “The Only Home He’s Ever Had” in In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada. pp. 1-24
Queen's University: MPA 879 Comparative Indigenous Governance
Bunnell, Friesen and Hyung. 2006. "Indigination: the politics of being/becoming indigenous in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Canada."
Barsh, R. 1993. "Aboriginal Governance in the United States: A Qualitative Political Analysis."
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What was the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Describe its importance in a one paragraph answer.
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