International Relations: This elision is particularly troubling considering that the dominant institutional geography of IR often overlaps with and occupies lands claimed by Indigenous peoples. IR’s silence on this front enables the world’s remaining settler colonies to perpetuate laws and everyday practices that seek the erasure of Indigenous peoples from the realm of the ‘international’, reinforcing their tenuous claims to territorial integrity and sovereignty in the process.
The 2008 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a crucial document that clearly ‘internationalizes’ the rights of Indigenous peoples by recognizing: inherent rights of self-determination; sovereignty in governance of lands, resources, and social reproduction; and Indigenous-settler treaty relationships. Historical studies have also demonstrated the extent to which encounters between European colonial powers and Indigenous peoples were generative of key categories of international law. From its emergence to the present day, settler-colonialism manages its inter-national relations with Indigenous peoples by attempting to contain settler-Indigenous relationships within the framework of domestic politics. This colonial maneuver continues to generate multiple sites of contestation in world politics, as most recently seen with the #IdleNoMore movement.
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