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Canadian Indigenous Governance Literature: A review

Suzanne von der Porten


This paper reviews contemporary concepts and practices in Indigenous governance. The purpose is threefold: to outline trends in and ways forward for Indigenous governance; to identify some common yet problematic approaches to Indigenous self-determination; and to discuss the different ways that Indigenous self-determination is defined. The paper serves as a literature review of Indigenous governance specifically in the Canadian context. The ideas discussed are framed within the concepts of democracy, critical Indigenous theory and governance.

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