Monthly Archives: March 2017

Saskatoon Focus Group: Towards an Aboriginal-Sensitive Access and Benefit Sharing Policy

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…
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Federal Government Makes Big Promises as it Announces Review of Laws Related to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

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…
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Thai Baan Research Exemplifies Value of Traditional Knowledge in Climate Research

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.  …
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WIPO 33rd IGC Session Puts Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) in the Spotlight

The WIPO-IGC recently commenced the next instalment of its deliberations for a text-based instrument that focuses on the protection of traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), pursuant to its mandate. There are two scheduled forums on TCEs beginning Feb 27-March 3 and to be completed in June 2017, which will round off the Committee’s work for the…
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