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Crofters – Scotland’s Indigenous Peoples

February 5, 2013 2 comments

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

January 30, 2013 3 comments

Informative piece on the relationship between indigenous communities and climate change. Consider this while you read Schlosberg and Carruthers next week.

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Brookings Institution / by Ilan Kelman and Marius Warg Næss
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This paper explores anthropogenic climate change influencing displacement/migration for the Saami in Finland, Norway and Sweden near or above the Arctic Circle. Norway plays a large role throughout this discussion because (i) most residents in Arctic Scandinavia live in Norway, (ii) most indigenous peoples in Arctic Scandinavia live in Norway, and (iii) Norway is the only country of the three which has Arctic coastline…

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