Indigenous peoples' rights, the environment and culture: Translating international standards into effective implementation
This dissertation aims to promote the restoration of indigenous peoples' resource rights while also sustaining the environment and enabling cultural sustainability. A premise behind the research is that implementing policy would better account for indigenous interests, the environment and culture if it were thoroughly informed by international standards and the perspectives of those directly affected. Toward this end, the dissertation includes a review of international legal sources for contemporary standards pertaining to indigenous peoples' resource rights, field studies from Canada, the US and Panama focusing in detail on three distinct approaches to indigenous resource policy and offering interview-based feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. The dissertation concludes with comparative summaries of the three field studies and a series of specific, yet flexible options for creating more effective policy.
0768: Environmental science