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Political participation of indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples all over the world find themselves part of political systems that are not their own but created and defined by governments with alien rules and led by politicians. Over the last centuries, indigenous peoples have gained experience in dealing with these imposed systems of politics and with hitherto unknown social structures.

The experiences are very diverse and the reactions to political systems and strategies vary. Whilst some indigenous peoples have been able to influence the political context of their respective country, such as the Greenlanders or the Kuna, this context is still, in most cases, largely dependent upon the will of, and negotiations with, the nation-state. Nevertheless, forms of oppression, marginalisation and exclusion are faced by indigenous peoples in all possible contexts and political settings and can therefore be taken as a common experience.

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IWGIA has published a range of books, reports, videos and handbooks on the subject of indigenous participation in local and national political processes. The titles are displayed in the list to the right.

See also:

Indigenous Peoples' Involvement in National Politics, by Joan Carling - read more