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  • Saskatoon Focus Group: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy
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    For those just reading our blog for the first time, ABS Canada is a research group focusing on the perspectives of Indigenous stakeholders in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regimes over genetic resources. The goal of the ABS Canada project is to provide an independent platform for capacity-building through education, training, networking, consultation and the exchange of ideas between…
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  • Federal Government Makes Big Promises as it Announces Review of Laws Related to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples
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    Recently, the Government of Canada announced it had assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies related to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.   Ministers involved include Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. According to…
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  • Thai Baan Research Exemplifies Value of Traditional Knowledge in Climate Research
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    Many researchers, NGOs, and government actors have begun to recognize the value of Traditional Knowledge (TK) as a tool to identify the effects of climate change worldwide. One such organization is the Center for Conservation and Development of Water Resources (WARECOD), a Vietnamese NGO working on, among other things, the Thai Baan Research project.   Local communities in Vietnam…
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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.

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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.

Hoodia

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

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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