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  • Aboriginal Centred Curricula: Weaving Reconciliation into Legal Studies
    With the movement towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, law schools have been called upon to develop Indigenous-sensitive curriculums and mechanisms that facilitate Indigenous participation within the legal profession. Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has taken the lead in this area: not only have they become the first law school to make Aboriginal Law and Indigenous…
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  • Reconciling Traditions: A legal workshop on access and benefit sharing, indigenous traditional knowledge, and biodiversity
    The relationship between the federal government and Canada's indigenous peoples has undergone a number of significant developments over the past 12 months. The election of a new government in Ottawa, the long-anticipated release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report into Canada's residential schools, and the launch of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls are all kindling…
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  • As the Curtin Draws on TK: WIPO-IGC Session 31 Kicks the Can Further Down the Road
    Between September 19 and 23, 2016, the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) commenced the first of a two-part negotiation over a potential instrument for the effective protection of traditional knowledge (TK), pursuant to its mandate for the 2016-2017 biennium. In the summer, the IGC concluded negotiations on Genetic Resources (GRs)…
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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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