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We Are All Here to Stay

Citizenship, Sovereignty and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

by Dominic O'Sullivan

We Are All Here to Stay

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Book Description

In 2007, 144 UN member states voted to adopt a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US were the only members to vote against it. Each eventually changed its position. This book explains why and examines what the Declaration could mean for sovereignty, citizenship and democracy in liberal societies such as these. It takes Canadian Chief Justice Lamer's remark that 'we are all here to stay' to mean that indigenous peoples are 'here to stay' as indigenous.

The book examines indigenous and state critiques of the Declaration but argues that, ultimately, it is an instrument of significant transformative potential showing how state sovereignty need not be a power that is exercised over and above indigenous peoples. Nor is it reasonably a power that displaces indigenous nations' authority over their own affairs. The Declaration shows how and why, and this book argues that in doing so, it supports more inclusive ways of thinking about how citizenship and democracy may work better. The book draws on the Declaration to imagine what non-colonial political relationships could look like in liberal societies.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download We Are All Here to Stay ebook for free in PDF format (8.1 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Chapter 2
Reconciliation, Trust and Liberal Inclusion
Chapter 3
The Declaration and the Postsettler Liberal State: Perspectives from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States
Chapter 4
Plurality, Human Rights and What's Wrong with Liberal Inclusion?
Chapter 5
Self-Determination - the Power and the Practice
Chapter 6
The Declaration in Comparative Context
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Difference, Deliberation and Reason
Chapter 9
Differentiated Citizenship: A Liberal Politics of Potential

Book Details

We Are All Here to Stay
ANU Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
8.1 MB

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