What Does Indigenous Participatory Democracy Look Like? Kahnawà:Ke's Community Decision Making Process
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Review of Constitutional Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013
With the 1979 Community Mandate to move towards Traditional Government, the community of Kahnawà:ke has consistently requested more involvement in decision-making on issues that affect the community as a whole. The Kahnawà:ke Community Decision Making Process is a response to the community's call for a more culturally relevant and inclusive process for making community decisions and enacting community laws. The Process is a transitionary measure to assist and facilitate the legislative function of Kahnawà:ke governance. This paper examines the development of the process and how it functions in the modern setting of Kahnawà:ke with the goal of illustrating Indigenous participatory democracy in action.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Mohawk, Consensus Decision Making, Kahnawake, Governance, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Participatory DemocracyAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 17, 2014
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