Indigenous People and the Sustainable Development Goals in Brazil: A Study of the Kaingang People

Neil Renwick, Darren Reid, Jorge Alejandro Santos , Leonel Piovezana

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Indigenous Peoples continue to face substantial challenges. This article focuses on the Kaingang People in Southern Brazil and is contextualized by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by all the United Nations member states in 2015. The authors adopted an Indigenist research methodology to obtain oral evidence and provided an education-focused case-study. The research findings reveal that, despite Brazilian Constitutional recognition and SDG provisions, in practice, the Indigenous People in Brazil are experiencing renewed threats to their indigeneity. The SDGs need to be implemented more robustly at the local level to overcome these emancipatory barriers. The article reveals the key role of empowerment that can be played by carefully articulated indigenous education programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-414
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Developing Societies
Issue number4
Early online date26 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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  • Brazil
  • indigenous people
  • sustainable development goals
  • education
  • identity
  • human security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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