Sovereignty

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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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Instead of emphasizing the nature of Aboriginal sovereignties and their potential incompatibilities with Crown sovereignty, the cornerstone of Hoehn's argument is his careful exploration of the recognition of indigenous sovereignty implicit in the Supreme Court's description of Crown sovereignty as de facto until Aboriginal and Crown sovereignty are reconciled through a treaty.
Importantly, the book concludes that democracy is not necessarily peaceful--rather, it is the arrangement of different sovereignties at different levels that that makes for peace.
In relation to Indigenous populations, the entrenchment of white sovereignty has taken the form of further erosion of Indigenous sovereignties.
Over the past 15 years the attack on economic and cultural sovereignties was renewed through globalization babble.