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    Language, Indigenous Peoples, and the Right to Self-Determination

    Higgins, Noelle and Maguire, Gerard (2019) Language, Indigenous Peoples, and the Right to Self-Determination. New England Journal of Public Policy, 31 (2). p. 8. ISSN 0749-016X

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    Language has always played a significant role in the colonization of peoples as an instrument of subjugation and homogenization. It has been used to control nondominant groups, including Indigenous peoples, often leading to their exclusion or assimilation. Many Indigenous groups, however, use language as a tool to connect the members of their community, to assert their group identity, and to preserve their culture. Thus, language has been used both as a means of oppression and as a mobilizer of Indigenous groups in their struggles for national recognition. Recognizing the significance of language in the identity and culture of Indigenous peoples, this article analyses how language rights can be viewed as an aspect of the right to self-determination of these groups.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This Article is brought to you for free and open access by ScholarWorks at UMass Boston. It has been accepted for inclusion in New England Journal of Public Policy by an authorized editor of ScholarWorks at UMass Boston. For more information, please contact Cite as: Higgins, Noelle and Maguire, Gerard (2019) "Language, Indigenous Peoples, and the Right to Self-Determination," New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 31 : Iss. 2 , Article 8. Available at:
    Keywords: Language; Indigenous Peoples; Self-Determination; Identity; Culture; Colonization;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 15617
    Depositing User: Noelle Higgins
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 16:21
    Journal or Publication Title: New England Journal of Public Policy
    Publisher: ScholarWorks, UMass Boston
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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