Handbook of Indigenous Public Policy


Handbook of Indigenous Public Policy

9781800377004 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sheryl Lightfoot, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Canada and Sarah Maddison, Director of the Australian Centre and Professor of Politics, University of Melbourne, Australia
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 700 4 Extent: 424 pp
This ground-breaking Handbook explores the key legal, political and policy questions concerning the implementation of Indigenous rights across the world. Expert contributors analyse the complex dynamics of contestation, engagement, advocacy and refusal between governments and Indigenous Peoples, presenting a profound challenge to mainstream policy scholarship.

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This ground-breaking Handbook explores the key legal, political and policy questions concerning the implementation of Indigenous rights across the world. An exciting mix of expert Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors analyse the complex dynamics of contestation, engagement, advocacy and refusal between governments and Indigenous peoples, presenting a profound challenge to mainstream policy scholarship.

Chapters employ both country-level case studies as well as global analyses, covering key themes such as self-determination, sovereignty, culture, land and territory. They showcase the extensive evidence that policy imposed on Indigenous peoples without their involvement is at best ineffective and at worst harmful. Through examining the ongoing impacts of colonisation, contributors identify future pathways for Indigenous public policy, including truth-telling processes, resurgence movements, and international human rights law. Ultimately, the Handbook highlights the vital importance and extensive policy benefits of treating Indigenous people as rights-bearing members of sovereign and self-determining Indigenous nations.

The Handbook of Indigenous Public Policy will be essential reading for students and scholars of Indigenous studies, public policy, international relations, and political science. It will also be invaluable for policy-makers looking to centre Indigenous people and their rights in the policy-making process.
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‘The fields of public policy and public administration have not yet caught up with the challenge of embedded Indigenous peoples. As an antidote to this blind spot this Handbook is essential reading for administrators and policy academics alike. The very existence of Indigenous peoples within a sphere of public policy immediately questions the sovereignty on which public policy depends. As the editors and contributors of this ground-breaking and timely book show in multiple instances, the legitimacy of public policy lies on shifting sands. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples gives a framework to the chapters in this book, and the right to self-determination of Indigenous peoples within multi-sovereign states has been accepted by the UN General Assembly. Still, many Indigenous peoples go further, challenging the power of the state to regulate their lives. Each of the contributions demands recognition and respect for Indigenous peoples, with public policy generated in their own terms and reflecting their own cultures, processes and values. The many and diverse chapters of this book, from all over the world, demonstrating combined wisdom with many Indigenous contributions, mount a powerful argument for complacent governments, bureaucrats and academics to sit up and listen. They should keep this Handbook in their desk drawer, it points to the future.’
– Patrick Sullivan, University of Notre Dame Australia

‘Full of critique and aimed at healthier futures, the Handbook provides the most comprehensive and current snapshot of Indigenous policy at the global scale. It highlights a broad range of Indigenous aspirations in the face of ongoing injustice and in the process demonstrates Indigenous resilience in various contexts.’
– John Borrows, University of Toronto, Canada
Contributors include: Frances Abele, Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez, Adam J. Barker, Emma Battell Lowman, Moroni Benally, Claire Charters, Diana Chávez Vargas, Gioconda Coello, Charlotte Coté, Raymond Foxworth, Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla, Joanne Garcia-Moores, Samara Hand, Amanda Holmes, Rauna Kuokkanen, Elifuraha Laltaika, Sheryl Lightfoot, Aküm Longchari, David B. MacDonald, Sarah Maddison, Justin McCaul, Dalee Sambo Dorough, Damien Short, Elizabeth Strakosch, Mukta S. Tamang, Fleur Te Aho, Anya Thomas, Valmaine Toki, Mariam Wallet Med Aboubakrine, Tracey Whare

Introduction: Indigenous public policy in global context 1
Sheryl Lightfoot and Sarah Maddison

1 Violence as care: Indigenous policy and settler colonialism 18
Elizabeth Strakosch
2 Indigeneity, national unity, modernity and public policy in Africa 35
Elifuraha Laltaika
3 Self-determination, sovereignty and policy: how does a focus
on Indigenous rights transform policymaking? 53
Rauna Kuokkanen
4 Self-determination: at the heart of Indigenous humanisation 70
Aküm Longchari
5 Nation building and Indigenous institutions 98
Raymond Foxworth and Moroni Benally

6 Contemporary critical legal accounts of the relationship
between international law and domestic law and policy 121
Claire Charters, Fleur Te Aho and Tracey Whare
7 Treaty and public policy in the settler colonies 138
Anya Thomas and Sarah Maddison
8 Constitutional transformation and public policy for Indigenous
Peoples’ rights 157
Mukta S. Tamang
9 Indigenous land and water policy 177
Justin McCaul
10 On gendered ground: land and colonialism 198
Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez
11 Indigenous political economy and public policy 214
Frances Abele

12 Public policy and Indigenous Peoples’ right to health in Brazil
and Mali 227
Mariam Wallet Med Aboubakrine
13 Kichwa Amazonian life routes in education: foregrounding the
‘inter’ in intercultural educational policy 242
Gioconda Coello and Diana Chávez Vargas
14 Indigenous food sovereignty: embodying nuu-chah-nulth
principles of ʔuʔaałuk (to take care of), ʔiisaak (to be
respectful) and hišukʔiš c̓awaak (everything is interconnected)
in policy and practice 253
Charlotte Coté
15 Indigenous language rights, frameworks and policies 272
Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla and Amanda Holmes
16 Indigenous Peoples in the justice system 294
Valmaine Toki

17 Indigenous rights and reconciliation: lessons from Australia 309
Samara Hand and Damien Short
18 Truth commissions and truth-telling 333
David B. MacDonald and Joanne Garcia-Moores
19 Indigenous resurgence 352
Adam J. Barker and Emma Battell Lowman
20 Quest for equality: redefining Indigenous–state relationships 373
Dalee Sambo Dorough

Index 399
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