Land Rights, Indigeneity, and Territorial Claims

Much work in citizenship theory is connected to the rights and obligations of states and citizens, but the world is also divided into territorial units, each with control over specific places where they exercise jurisdiction. Territorial conflicts and land conflicts (and simply rival land claims) are rife and there are many questions about how these can be resolved and what kinds of claims might be legitimate. Of special interest in this context are the claims of Indigenous peoples, who make claims over land that is also part of the territory of the state, either because the land was unceded or because there is a treaty in place.

Researchers in this Research Cluster are focused on place-related rights and the specific issues (over resources, over jurisdictional control, the drawing of boundaries) which are raised by land claims specifically. The rights of Indigenous people are also included, as many of these – claims to self-determination, claims to land, resources and use – are central to the identity of Indigenous peoples.

Current Projects

New Frontiers Exploration Research Project

Principal Investigator: Christine Sypnowich

The impact of colonial heritage narratives on the wellbeing of Indigenous and racialized persons in the city of Kingston, Ontario

Colonial heritage, including tangible and intangible artefacts, places, practices, and narratives provide a social context that reinforces social exclusion and historical trauma. This, in turn, can have a profoundly detrimental impact on the wellbeing of Indigenous persons.

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Indigenous Peoples, Territory, and the Comprehensive Claims Process: Comparing Theories, Comparing Experiences

Principal Investigator: Veldon Coburn (University of Ottawa)

Co-director: Margaret Moore

Post Doctoral Fellow: Michael Luoma

Start Date: 2023
Funding Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant

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Corrective Justice and Land

Principal Investigator: Margaret Moore
Start Date: March 2015
Funding Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant (5 years)

This research project involves examines claims for corrective justice in cases where individuals and groups have been expelled from land that they previously occupied.

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Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation

Principal Investigator: Margaret Moore
Start Date: March 2019
Funding Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant (1 year)

Two-day workshop titled “Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation,” organized by the CSDD on Queen’s campus, September 5-6, 2019. 

Listen to the Podcast: Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation

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