Link to UN's PFII Release: Subtractive Lg Education Is a Crime Against Humanity

Teresa McCarty Teresa.McCarty at
Mon May 19 20:16:11 UTC 2008

Colleagues, I am not sure the attachment "stuck" (probably not allowed by
the listserv, and thanks to Richard Ruiz for calling it to my attention).
Here is the link to this document:

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Seventh session
New York, 21 April -2 May 2008
Items 4 and 7 of the provisional agenda

Expert paper 1
submitted by Lars Anders-Baer. Prepared in cooperation
with Ole Henrik-Magga, Robert Dunbar and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas.
Advance Unedited Version
United Nations
Economic and Social Council
Distr.: General
8 February 2008

Original message:

Please see the attached expert statement commissioned by the UN's Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues.   It's a very strong statement, basically
arguing that subtractive education for Indigenous peoples is tantamount to a
crime against humanity and should be sanctioned as such under international
law.  Although the focus is Indigenous peoples, there are clear extensions
to other minoritized groups.

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, who is one of the coauthors, has urged that this
document be distributed widely.  It will be interesting and important to see
how the PFII and UN Human Rights Council respond to it.

Teresa L. McCarty, Ph.D.
Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies
Arizona State University
Mary Lou Fulton College of Education
Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Farmer Building 120 - PO Box 872411
Tempe, AZ 85287-2411
PH: 480.965.6357  FAX: 480.965-1880
Teresa.McCarty at

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