Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples

Achieving UN Recognition

James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson

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  • Published: January 2017
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 240 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Despite centuries of sustained attacks against their collective existence, Indigenous peoples represent over 5,000 languages and cultures in more than 70 nations on six continents. Most have retained social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics distinct from other segments of national populations. Yet recognition of their humanity and rights has been a long and difficult time in coming. Based on personal experience, James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson documents the generation-long struggle that led ultimately to the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly. Henderson puts the Declaration and the struggles of Indigenous peoples in a wider context, outlining the rise of international law and how it was shaped by European ideas, the rise of the United Nations, and post-World War II agreements focusing on human rights. Henderson analyzes the provisions of the Declaration and comments on the impact of other international agreements on Indigenous peoples. He concludes with his view of what must be done to give the Declaration its full force for Indigenous peoples around the world, and what it means for Canada. The full text of the Declaration and selected excerpts of other key international agreements are included.
James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He was legal advisor to the Grand Council of the Mi'kmaw Nation and the Four Directions Council at the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and was involved in the twenty-five-year negotiation leading to the Declaration. The author of numerous books, he is currently Research Director of the Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan. In 2005 the Aboriginal Bar Association named him an Indigenous Peoples' Counsel.

1. The Legacy of Empire
2. The Failure of Decolonization for the Indigenous Others
3. The Convergence of Indigenous Diplomacy
4. Communications with the UN Human Rights Committee
5. The UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations
6. Indigenous Diplomacy in other International Forums
7. The Indigenous Declaration in the Governments' Working Group
8. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
9. Implementation Quandaries
10. Being a Self-Determining Human