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Crofters – Scotland’s Indigenous Peoples

Crofters – Scotland’s Indigenous Peoples

In class we have been talking about the unique situations of indigenous peoples and how they interact with governing bodies and environmental justice issues. I am of Scottish heritage and wondered what rights Scotland’s native people are afforded/denied. Crofters are small scale subsistence farmers who dwell in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This article talks about some of the rights they are fighting for including participation for the community and they compare themselves to the Sami people in Norway. I found it interesting that the foundation says in Scotland “crofters have historically suffered the same kinds of oppressive treatment as indigenous peoples globally in an effort to destroy their language, culture and way of life.” This ties into the capabilities approach we talked about and how removing their culture limits the functioning of the community as a whole.

For more reference on Crofters you can check out this BBC News article! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/highlands_and_islands/6493015.stm

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  1. aebaden
    February 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I read the article and I like what the UN paper said at the end that, “Indigenous peoples can only maintain and strengthen their cultures, traditions and institutions by exercising control over the developments affecting their lands and resources based on their needs.” It shows that their indigenous peoples are important to them and want them to be able to have a voice and “exercise control” ie use their capabilities that their culture has given them since the beginning.

    • February 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

      This is interesting, because it exercises rare perspective over the importance of indigenous culture. It is not just a typical case of “affirmative action” type legislation, but addresses the injustice isses at the root.

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