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Minority aspirations and the revival of indigenous peoples

de Varennes, F. (1996) Minority aspirations and the revival of indigenous peoples. International Review of Education, 42 (4). pp. 309-325.

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The growing world-wide sensitivity to the aspirations of indigenous peoples is to be welcomed. However, there is still a tendency which should be avoided: to lump the claims of indigenous peoples with those of minorities. Indigenous peoples are the heirs of long-established political, social and cultural communities which have been oppressed for centuries or victimized by policies of genocide or forced assimilation into the approved language and religion of the dominating community. These forms of destruction can only be truly ended by returning to indigenous peoples a degree of autonomy which will ensure that they have real control over their future. Indigenous peoples should be able to create institutions, including schools, where their languages, religions and cultures are permitted to flourish without interference.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: © 1996 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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