Indigenous Representation and Constitutional Development in Settler Democracies

Seminar/Forum

Indigenous Representation and Constitutional Development in Settler Democracies

How have democratic constitutions adapted to deal with the specific situation and concerns of Indigenous peoples? Much has been written about an expanding common law approach to the rights of Indigenous peoples (including land rights of various forms). However, considerably less scholarly attention has been given to the ways that settler society constitutions have developed to provide more effective political representation for Indigenous citizens. In several sub-national jurisdictions in Canada, the US, New Zealand/Aotearoa and the Scandinavian countries, these developments are quite significant. Several jurisdictions in Australia are now seeking to create new institutions to provide for more effective representation of Indigenous peoples in democratically elected assemblies.

Presenter

  • Associate Professor Ravi de Costa