Sharing Land and Resources: Modern Agreements and Treaties with Indigenous People in Settler States
SHARING LAND AND RESOURCES: MODERN AGREEMENTS AND TREATIES WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN SETTLER STATES in SETTLING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE: MODERN TREATY AND AGREEMENT-MAKING, Marcia Langton, Odette Mazel, Lisa Palmer, Kathryn Shain, Maureen Tehan, eds., pp. 1-18, Federation Press, 2006
Posted: 16 May 2008
This first chapter in the book 'Settling With Indigenous People' introduces a collection of interdisciplinary case studies examining the specific cultural context in which local agreement-making proceeds, as well as issues relating to economic development, the creation of economic structures, questions of governance and communication structures.
As former British colonies, Canada, Australia and New Zealand share in the legacies of the English common law, yet its historic application in these different locations can be seen, with hindsight, as haphazard and random. Efforts to comply with legal or moral standards were more often detrimental than beneficial to the rights and interests of the local indigenous people. The collection of case studies shows that, despite the modern legacies of that history, indigenous people and those with whom they are engaged in sharing land and resources are capable of inventing new approaches to these postcolonial problems. Specifically, the case studies focus on how, in postcolonial states, modern agreements and treaties can provide avenues for indigenous and local people to resolve both outstanding historical disputes and those resulting from new developments.
Keywords: indigenous people, land claims, land settlements, mining, negotiation, environmental governance
JEL Classification: K11, K12, K19, K32, K39, Q00, Q32
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