Contemporary indigenous-settler relations in Chile: Magdalena Ugarte, ‘Regulating Indigenous-State Relations: Settler Colonialism and the Limits of International Law’, Canadian Political Science Association Conference, 2015
From the introduction: In this paper, I present some preliminary reflections after my recent fieldwork in Chile, which sought to explore the implementation of the duty to consult in the country, in the context of the recent endorsement of UNDRIP in 2007 and C169 in 2008. This initial analysis adds to contemporary debates about the limits and tensions of the international Indigenous rights discourse, and its ability (or the lack thereof) to produce structural transformations. In particular, I question whether these instruments are helping to restructure Indigenous-state relations in the country at some level, or are just reinforcing colonial dynamics in new ways.
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