Fall/Winter Timetable

POL378H1F L0201

Topics in Comparative Politics II

Indigenous Nationalism


This seminar examines and compares contemporary Indigenous politics in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. In each country Indigenous peoples de facto possess some special form of political recognition: in Canada, the rights of Aboriginal peoples are explicitly recognized and protected in the Canadian Constitution; in New Zealand, the political relationship between the Maori and Pakeha (European newcomers) is grounded in the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi; and Australia now recognizes the legal existence of Native title in Australian law. The seminar examines the meaning and content of Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and nationhood in these three domestic contexts, which in turn has nurtured an evolving Indigenous politics in the international forum


Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology, Jo-Ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan, Jason De Santolo Eds., Zed Publishing, 2019.

Carwyn Jones, New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Maori Law, UBC Press, 2017.

Format and Requirements



1.0 Pol credit