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Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240981.003.0008
Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

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This chapter explores the rights of indigenous peoples within the context of social justice and environmental protection. It argues that although indigenous peoples have inherent rights to self-determination, this does not absolve them from redistributive obligations. It presents two ways in which principles of justice can be adapted to accommodate that situation of indigenous peoples: extra resources may be required to rectify the disadvantages they face as minority cultures; indigenous peoples should be free to decide how to manage their traditional lands in accordance with the principles of justice.

Keywords: indigenous peoples; social justice; environmental justice; indigenous rights; environmental protection; redistributive obligation

Chapter.  8717 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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