Indigenous politics

Indigenous politics


Indigenous Politics

Researchers in this field engage a broad range of questions, debates, and themes in Indigenous politics.  Our interests cross the areas of Indigenous political theory, Indigenous-Canada relations, International Indigenous politics, comparative Indigenous politics, Indigenous political economy, political interaction between Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous peoples and the politics of gender. Taken together, our field provides a comprehensive examination of the issues and struggles of Indigenous peoples from around the globe.

Daniel Voth

Organizes an annual meeting of Indigenous researchers in Banff called the Indigenous Relationality Workshop. 

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Gina Starblanket

Participates in an Indigenous Women’s Resurgence Project with gatherings in Edmonton, the Northwest Territories. 

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Roberta Rice

Works on global Indigenous issues with an emphasis on Indigenous activism and extractive industry.

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Pablo Policzer

Engages in comparative politics research working with many different Indigenous peoples in Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.

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Our Projects

  • Dr. Voth co-organizes the annual Indigenous Relationality Workshop in Banff at which scholars and students present cutting-edge research on Indigenous politics and modes of relating.  
  • Dr. Rice organizes Indigenous women’s empowerment events in Latin America and has an active research agenda working with Indigenous peoples in the Philippines.  
  • Dr. Policzer is part of a team developing a Collaborative Governance Lab which aims to analyze, develop and facilitate collaborative governance methods in highly conflictual extractive industry areas in Latin America and the Caribbean with a key focus on Indigenous peoples’ responses to these major projects.

Supervision Inquiries! Join us!

The members of this field invite supervision inquiries from students interested in a wide array of questions on Indigeneity.  In the past, scholars in this field have funded student attendance at conferences and field work everywhere from Banff to Cuba to Europe to Latin America.

What Types of Questions do Scholars in this Field Ask?

  • How can we use the work of foundational Indigenous thinkers to imagine a different way of doing politics and activism?  To learn more see; 2018. Daniel Voth’s “Order-Up! The Decolonizing Politics of Howard Adams and Maria Campbell with a Side of Imagining Otherwise.”  Native American and Indigenous Studies. 5.2, 16–36.

  • How can Indigenous peoples pursue diverse political projects and aspirations in the 'era of reconciliation’?  To learn more, see; Gina Starblanket and Heidi Stark’s“Towards a Relational Paradigm: Four Points of Consideration,” Resurgence and Reconciliation: Indigenous-Settler Relations and Earth Teachings (Ed. Michael Asch, John Borrows, and James Tully), University of Toronto Press, 2018.
  • How and why does the involvement of Indigenous peoples in politics and democracy differ across countries?  To learn more, see; Roberta Rice’s “How to Decolonize Democracy: Indigenous Governance Innovation in Bolivia and Nunavut, Canada,” Bolivian Studies Journal 22 (2016), 220–242.