The role of political ontology for Indigenous self-determination

Matthias Kramm*

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In this paper, I defend the claim that addressing dominating ontologies is crucial for achieving Indigenous self-determination. Consequently, the struggle for Indigenous self-determination comprises not only an engagement with political practices, structures, and institutions, but also with political ontology. I first argue that implementing Indigenous self-determination requires an engagement with political ontology. I then introduce Iris Young’s conception of self-determination as non-domination as a way to engage with diverging ontologies within the political framework of federalism. In the final section of the paper, I present two constructive proposals concerning how Indigenous peoples and settler states can establish an ontology at the federal level that facilitates Indigenous self-determination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)714-735
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number5
Early online date26 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • federalism
  • Indigenous
  • non-domination
  • ontology
  • Self-determination


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