Monthly Archives: October 2017

Leader Turned Laggard? Canada, the Nagoya Protocol, and the Road Ahead

As discussed elsewhere on this site, the Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which came into force in 2014. Its stated purpose is to help achieve the third goal of the CBD, namely the “[f]air and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.”  Canada…
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Inuit and Federal Governments to Join Up to Protect Marine Biodiversity

The federal government and Inuit of Labrador recently came to an agreement called the ‘Imappivut’ (meaning ‘Our Waters’) initiative that incorporates Inuit Traditional Knowledge (TK) to develop a marine management plan for 380,000 square kilometers of the far east end of the Northwest passage. The zone will be split into two areas, one which extends…
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Breaking Away from the Indian Act? Cautious Optimism over the Dissolution of the Department of Indigenous and Norther Affairs (INAC)

On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a major restructuring of the bureaucracy responsible for administering Canada’s Indian Act. The Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) is to be dissolved, and its responsibilities shifted to two new Ministries. Carolyn Bennett, previously the Minister for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, has assumed the new…
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ABS and TK Governance Implications of Environmental Assessment Act Review

By Chidi Oguamanam, Andrea Lesperance, and Chris Koziol In June 2016, the Government of Canada launched a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes, including a review of federal environmental assessment processes under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. One stated reason for this review was that to better include the voices and perspectives…
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