What Does Indigenous Participatory Democracy Look Like? Kahnawà:Ke's Community Decision Making Process
Review of Constitutional Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013
22 Pages Posted: 17 May 2014
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Mohawk, Consensus Decision Making, Kahnawake, Governance, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Participatory Democracy
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