Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Recognition and Self-Determination

The Recognition and Self-Determination workshop has resulted in the following forthcoming publication:

Boiselle, Andrée, Glen Cloutard, Avigail Eisenberg and Jeremy Webber (eds.) Recognition and Self-Determination UBC Press forthcoming

February 29 - March 2, 2008
University of Victoria

  • Co-organizers:
    • Avigail Eisenberg (University of Victoria)
    • Jeremy Webber (University of Victoria)
    • Glen Coultard (Ph.D. candidate, University of Victoria)

In addition to exploring at a theoretical level what is or should be meant by recognition, considering how recognition relates to self-determination, and exploring challenges associated with recognition in practice, the workshop drew intensely upon empirical cases of recognition, especially current developments in institutions and practices that mediate the struggles between indigenous peoples and political institutions. How are current trends in the development of national or international legal capacities for indigenous people changing how they are recognized either by settler states or by the international community? What impact are struggles of recognition having on indigenous communities? What principles should guide recognition in this context? We also want to consider whether the very concept of recognition is or should be varied in its application depending on the context (e.g. indigenous peoples as opposed to cultural minorities produced by immigration).

This workshop brought together researchers from the MCRI project on Ethnicity and Democratic Governance, the MCRI on Indigenous Peoples and Governance and Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism at UVIC