- 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…Read More
Reconciling Traditions: A legal workshop on access and benefit sharing, indigenous traditional knowledge, and biodiversityThe 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…Read More
- 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)…Read More
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.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…