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Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States$
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Monique Deveaux

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289790.001.0001

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Native Rights and Gender Justice: The Case of Canada

Native Rights and Gender Justice: The Case of Canada

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Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States

Monique Deveaux (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter addresses the tensions that have arisen, in the Canadian context, between Native peoples’ (or First Nations peoples’) quest for political self-determination and the demand by some Native women that their sexual equality rights be protected through federal law (specifically, Canada’s 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms). It discusses the ambivalent relationship Native peoples have had with respect to the language of individual rights, consent, and sexual equality, and reflects on the difficulties this presents for protecting Native women. The chapter also illuminates the potential injustices that can arise both when dominant cultural groups fail to recognize the distinctive self-understandings of minority communities as well as when more powerful members of cultural communities attempt to silence vulnerable and less powerful group members.

Keywords:   native peoples, first nations, Aboriginal peoples, native women, self-determination, equality, Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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