First Nations, Citizenship and Animals, or Why Northern Indigenous People Might Not Want to Live in Zoopolis

Paul Nadasdy
2016 Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique  
AbstractRecent northern First Nation land claim agreements have created a new category of First Nation citizenship. Although many embrace the category as an essential aspect of First Nation sovereignty, others reject it as a colonial imposition that constrains the possibilities for indigenous politics. There does indeed appear to be a gap between the legal category of First Nation citizenship and northern indigenous peoples' ideas about political society. For one thing, the latter includes
more » ... ls, while the former does not. In their recent book,Zoopolis, Donaldson and Kymlicka develop a model of animal citizenship. Although not primarily concerned with First Nation citizenship, they do assert the universality of their model, including its compatibility with indigenous ideas about proper human-animal relations. In this article, I assess those claims and show that, to the contrary, their model is in many ways antithetical to the knowledge and practices of northern indigenous peoples.
doi:10.1017/s0008423915001079 fatcat:wxj3ndgbjfgz7cst6bj5aaj3oi