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  • Saskatoon Focus Group Scheduled for May 12-13
    On May 12-13, 2017, ABS Canada will be hosting its next focus group in Saskatoon, SK in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law as part of its research project entitled “Building Capacity: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy for Canada.” This will be the third focus group ABS Canada has hosted to date. On…
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  • Article Review and Commentary: The Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into Alaska Federal Fisheries Management
    In their 2017 article entitled “The Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into Alaska Federal Fisheries Management,” Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Brenden Raymond-Yakoubian, and Catherine Moncrieff consider a proposed Bering Sea Fisheries Ecosystem Plan and provide substantive recommendations for improving fisheries management in the Bering Sea. These recommendations include: increasing tribal representation in decision making bodies, capacity building for Indigenous and local populations,…
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  • Bison Conservation Efforts a (Small) Step in the Right Direction With Respect to Reconciliation
    Canada’s new federal government has stressed reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as a major theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Yet the federal government’s approach to this commitment has left some Indigenous communities feeling frustrated. A recent example is the re-introduction of Plains Bison into Banff National Park by Parks Canada. While the reintroduction of bison and other conservation efforts…
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What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?

We are holding a series of focus groups across the country. Representatives from Aboriginal communities and organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector will gather to discuss how best to protect Aboriginal interests through access and benefit sharing policies.


Rosy Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus is a shrubby flower that is native to Madagascar. The plant has been used in traditional medicines. Its root is used in the treatment of leukemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma. Recent patents by pharmaceutical companies, without compensation, have led to accusations of biopiracy.


Called Llhoba by the San people of the Namib desert, this spiny succulent is known for its medicinal properties. Its flowers smell like rotten meat and is pollinated by flies. The plant is popular in western holistic medicine as an appetite suppressant, despite little scientific support.


Teff, or xaafii in Oromo, is a cereal grain that is native to Ethiopia and Eritrea. Teff is traditionally important in these areas as a food grain with high nutritional content. Teff has become popular in the west as a gluten-free diets have become prevalent. It is a common ingredient in gluten-free beer.

Endod Berry

Commonly called the African soapberry, endod berries are native to Tropical and Southern Africa. It is traditionally used as a soap and shampoo. The berry has a number of genetic uses. It may be effective in controlling schistosomiasis - a parasitic disease.


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