- As early as 2021, Bayer (previously Bayer-Monsanto) will release SmartStax Pro, the first federally-approved GMO to use RNA interference – a biological process that prevents cells from creating specific proteins – to defend plants against consumption by specific insect pests. Release of a GMO naturally corresponds with a reduction in biodiversity as the previous crops are outcompeted in the market, and…Read More
- In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) called for funding “to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms” (see Call to Action 62(ii)). The focus thus far has been on training K-12 teachers. However, in the spirit of reconciliation, and in service of a full and comprehensive education, it is critical…Read More
- Image by William Chen via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0) The Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, citing a lack of proper consultation with affected Aboriginal peoples, as required under Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The duty to consult Aboriginal peoples and accommodate their concerns arises when government decisions may…Read More
What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?
Our team of researchers has conducted in-depth focus groups across Canada, gathering representatives from Indigenous communities and organizations to discuss how best to protect their interests through access and benefit sharing policies.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…