Subjects of empire: Indigenous peoples and the “Politics of Recognition” in Canada

From: Home and Native Land


Recognition-based models of liberal pluralism seek to reconcile Indigenous claims to nationhood with Crown sovereignty via the accommodation of Indigenous identities in some form of renewed relationship with the Canadian state. This chapter challenges the idea that the colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state can be significantly transformed via this now-expansive range of politics of recognition,



Glen S. Coulthard

Glen S. Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He has published numerous articles on contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought. He is Yellowknives Dene.